Danny Raskin: Deli Delights

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Danny Raskin

Danny Raskin

Tony’s Deli serves up goodness on its 20th anniversary.

There was a time when Jewish delicatessens were everywhere … Today, the much smaller numbers are bundled in varied areas … Some have gone out to farther regions … Or the lake sectors like Tony’s Delicatessen, on Orchard Lake Road in Keego Harbor, (former locale of Dave’s Deli) … celebrating its 20th anniversary.

In Oak Park alone at one time they were numerous … On Dexter, there were seven within blocks of each other.

Tony and Sonja Perkovic of Tony's Deli
Tony and Sonja Perkovic

Tony’s Deli owner Tony Perkovic discovered that regardless where it may be, a delicatessen owner who has enjoyed previous success in the deli dining field will continue on that path and again relish much satisfaction at seeing so many smiling customers wherever he goes.

Seeing comeback attendance is a restaurant owner’s greatest pride because it tells a huge tale of gratification … Especially delicatessen restaurants where food names are much the same … Jewish people know the delicatessens that will give fulfilment to favorite wants … Tony’s experience in the delicatessen restaurant is evidenced by his many times returning clientele.

The importance of a good Jewish delicatessen is rarely overstated … Eateries like Tony’s Deli, among others, are important for many reasons … like the only places to get homemade chicken noodle soup, cabbage soup, kreplach, mishmosh, etc., or salads like its Gantzah Magilla of salad greens, corned beef, turkey, pastrami, American or Swiss cheese, hard-boiled egg, etc. … There are hardly better sandwiches than corned beef and pastrami from a Jewish delicatessen like Tony’s … or even its veggie sandwiches or burgers, anytime from morning to dinner.

Tony’s Delicatessen is well noted for items made by family members … Like its matzah balls, stuffed peppers, kreplach, potato latkes, cheese blintzes, etc., by wife, Sonja, among her other chores … and the line cooking by brother Mario of the breakfasts, sandwiches, salads, etc. … and Tony’s soups, tuna, eggs and salads, among the large list of goodies.

It answers the bell with true homemade winners in its own baking of brownies, cookies and cakes.

Tony’s Deli is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.- 9 p.m., Saturday 8-8 and Sunday 8-3.

Comfortable seating is 58 … as it continues to be listed among Michigan’s better delicatessens.

REARVIEW MIRROR …  When a customer came into Stage Deli years back on 9 Mile in Oak Park and was a dead ringer for character actor Chill Wills (Giant, Gunsmoke, Alamo,  etc.) … Stage Deli was then noted for its prominence in having show biz and film entertainers as customers so diners were almost duped out of some bucks when the impersonator said he was chairing a fake charity … Until owner Jack Goldberg came over and introduced him to a friend of Jack’s and Harriett’s … the real Chill Wills!

JEWISH DELICATESSENS have always played a major part in a person’s culinary wants … In Oak Park, former mayor, author Jerry Naftaly, says that if he were mayor again, he would certainly welcome a recognition of the great Oak Park delicatessens of yesteryears and today, which have satisfied the palates of so many people … Like Tony’s Deli and others of today, Oak Park’s delis, Esquire II, Northgate, Joey’s, Sabra, Liberman’s, Hy Horenstein’s, Stage, Katz’s, Benny’s, etc., were favorite selections … Their memories by many are endless.

ERRATA, TYPO, ETC. DEPT. … Mumford High 1958 class reunion is at Knollwood Country Club, 5050 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield … not 14 Mile Road … Dinner, Saturday, Aug. 25, 7 p.m. Brunch, Sunday, Aug. 26, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

For information, call Jo Ann Weissman, (305) 965-6484.

TOUR OF ITALY selections through August at Bacco, Northwestern, Southfield, include delicious main items from nine regions in Sicily … all the same price of $32 per person.

JIM BRADY’S in Royal Oak, South Main, is now open for brunch …9 a.m.-2 p.m. on both Saturdays on Sundays … It is Jim Brady’s first brunch since opening in 2015 … A second Jim Brady’s will open this year on S. Main Street in Ann Arbor … And a third location in Midtown Detroit is expected to open in 2019 … All will just be called Jim Brady’s … no more city connotation.

OLDIE BUT GOODIE (Repeated on request) … An emaciated and bedraggled bum walks up to a stranger and begs for enough money to get something to eat, saying, “My wife ran off with my best friend. I lost everything: my home, my business, and I’m starving. I haven’t eaten in over a week.”

The stranger notices the bum flipping a $20 gold piece up and down and asks why he doesn’t use the $20 gold piece to get something to eat … “What?” cried the bum. “Use my lucky coin?”

CONGRATS … To Barbara Steinman on her birthday … To Sid and Sarah Alterman on their 31st anniversary.

Danny’s email address is dannyraskin2132@gmail.com.

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