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Apr 19, 2013 08:15 PM

Kosher food in detroit suburbs??

Hello! My boyfriends parents are coming to town (we live in detroit proper) and we are looking for some kosher restaurants to take them to, and possibly somewhere where we can buy prepared kosher foods to buy for them. Like a deli or something.

Any recommendations would be so appreciated! We saw Jerusalem pizza in the jcc but are looking for something a tiny bit fancier/not pizza.
Thank you!

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  1. For my tastes, the very best deli food in the area can be had at Stage Deli in West Bloomfield. Warning: it is *expensive*, even by deli standards (which I think tend to be expensive anyway), but still: their corned beef on rye with cole slaw and Russian dressing along with new dill pickles? Unbeaten. For $14-15 (and no, that doesn't include beverage, tax, or tip), it had *better* be, and they get it right. Honestly.

    Now the service? If you go in expecting "pretty crappy" service, I can guarantee that you'll leave either justified or *perhaps* pleasantly surprised, if you're lucky. The service there is almost always bad, so don't feel wrong to tip in the same way. If, by chance, you do happen to get good service, please do tip well and *make mention of it* to management. It's important.

    Hope you enjoy the visit from his folks!

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    1. re: boagman

      The sandwiches are huge. For many folks, one would feed two people. It has a certain New York/Old World deli atmosphere which may include indifferent service, but I wouldn't let that stop you from going there. Some of those waiters seem like they're just off the boat, and they're coming from places where customer service is nonexistent.

    2. I do not believe that Stage Deli is a kosher restaurant There is one on the campus at Wayne State and if you google "Kosher restaurants Detroit" you will find others.

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      1. re: sammyo

        Well, I learned today (thanks to you) that the only things that are *actual* kosher at the Stage are their hot dogs and bologna. Everything else is kosher *style*, but not actually kosher proper. I'm surprised-as-all-get-out that their corned beef isn't kosher. I always thought it was.

        My apologies to the OP for this oversight. Guess I can't be as helpful as I thought I could.

        1. re: boagman

          I was surprised when I realized how limited is the number of options in our area.

          1. re: boagman

            It is a common misconception. In fact, an Orthodox Jew would not eat the hot dogs in such a restaurant. A kosher restaurant serves only meat or only dairy and must go through a certification process.

            1. re: sammyo

              Yes I suspected that stage was not kosher when I looked at their menu and saw ham and cheese ; )
              But I very much appreciate the suggestion!

          2. re: sammyo

            The kosher (dairy) restaurant at WSU is Gold 'n' Green's. It's a college cafeteria with very limited hours, and the food, frankly, isn't that great.

          3. Thank you yes I did google -- but I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions of kosher places that they RECOMMEND. Thanks!

            1. Unique Kosher Carry Out
              25270 Greenfield
              Oak Park, MI
              With booths inside as well as carry out.
              Very good very reasonably priced.
              Everything needed for a Friday night dinner.

              Next door is Zeman's Bakery, also Kosher.

              Harvard Row Kosher Meats
              6221 Orchard Lake Rd
              West Bloomfield, MI
              Has a more limited carry out and having not yet tried the prepared food unable to comment on taste.

              Hope this helps.

              If they want a very interesting experience take them to the Downtown Synagogue for Friday night services. They will probably find it to be one of the highlights of their visit and insist on returning on their next visit.

              1457 Griswold St
              Detroit, MI 48226
              They have a website.

              1. The Oldest surviving Jewish Deli in Detroit proper,,, run by by Stuart Litt keeps it real. You must stop by to say Hello to Stuart at the Famous Hygrade Deli.

                You gotta have it crave it and enjoy it the only place to get the most succulent Corned Beef sandwich ever,,,, many reviews on many review sites will tell you the same thing. Three generations of families still stop in for that jumbo reuben sandwich that puts a smile on your face and that great feeling in your tummy. Step back into time very unique old school interior and waitress's too. This is just out of a movie seen I tell you. Oh yea they did film some Detroit 187 scenes there too. Another favorite is the cold cut plate loaded with all those most flavorful meats along with cole slaw and tater salad and rye bread. Now get on down to say you to have had the best in the D

                Best Damn Corned Beef since 1955

                Now you just gotta know a place has something great going on to last 57 years that would be the corned beef best in the D by far. Sliced heavenly thin and put between great sourdough rye bread, life just does not get any better, I ordered mine with double meat and walked out stuffed WOW. The Lima bean soup was the best ever and the wife had a double meat patty melt with fries all as very good. Please see my photo's and give them a try. The retro paneling and vinyl chairs will take you back 50 years in time just one block off Grand Blvd on Michigan ave only 3 minutes to downtown Detroit. Fast friendly service Linda was a hoot and the place is spotless clean too.

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                1. re: ALPOE

                  Thank you for your recommendation but I don't think hygrade is kosher. (Just for anyone reading this in the future). A kosher restaurant doesn't serve pork, and doesn't serve meat and dairy together (like, for example, a patty melt). But thank you for taking the time to comment!

                  1. re: maxnoodles

                    MaxNoodles I'm so sorry I assumed this great place I've been eating at since a child is not Kosher,,, well maybe I should have said Jewish which Mr. Litt surely is. He plates up Detroit's famous Sy Ginsberg's meats which is located just a couple blocks away. He is struggling to survive and continues to offer the very best Jewish type Deli sandwiches and other foods in Detroit proper. Please read the article from yesterday's Detroit Crain's ENJOY


                    1. re: ALPOE

                      but it's not kosher & neither is Sy Ginsberg's meats.
                      Zingermans is not kosher either.

                      1. re: Michigan Mishuganer

                        Thanks for the info,,,,, I'm not Jewish just a Foodie that enjoys all,,, I found this link I'm sure needs some updating for Kosher foods all over the USA ENJOY


                    2. re: maxnoodles

                      The all Sy Ginsberg Jewish Deli Plate at Hygrade Deli with House made Potato Salad and Coleslaw a Favorite of mine. Here's a link to the menu. ENJOY


                      1. re: ALPOE

                        @ALPOE: The problem with sites like is that they are advertising sites. They only include listings for a fee.

                        At one point they listed all the kosher establishments certified by me through my kosher agency Kosher Michigan (, however they now require $200 for a listing. See below:

                        Dear Rabbi Miller,

                        It is very unfortunate that we can no longer dedicate the amount of time needed for updates without any income that follows that. We are now asking for organizations who send us their updates to make a reasonable donation to us, so we will be able to include their updates. The minimum contribution would be 200$ for one full year.

                        All the best,

                        Rachel Orian
                        Kosher Delight - Your Jewish Online Magazine!

                        1. re: RabbiJason

                          one useful but often out of date webpage is

                          you always need to check re: kashrut & if establishment is still open.

                          1. re: RabbiJason

                            Before the Honorable Rabbi Jason Miller gets disciplined by the M*derator (and I musn't be alone in the guilty pleasure of anticipating that imminent eventuality), I must first inquire, "So, how about Masal Tov in Windsor---worth the border crossing??"

                            1. re: VTB

                              PS-- I speak genuinely. It is an honor to have your valuable insight on the board. That being acknowledged, I'm preparing some popcorn so I can munch in comfort while I enjoy being a spectator to the coming replies from the Inn Season haters and the Kosher Delight attorney.

                              1. re: VTB

                                I'm going to forgo my typical ISC seething hatred, since the OP obviously *really* needs a "nicer" kosher place to dine. I *despise* the place, but now that I've said that, I'm done.

                                1. re: boagman

                                  Whoah! I don't know what kind of deep seated message board controversies I'm stepping on -- but I just wanted to say we did in fact go to inn season and it was a very pleasant experience! The food was not spectacular but the special eggplant curry with basmati rice and guava/mango chutney was tasty --a noodle dish not so much. The service was very nice and friendly and I found the restaurant to be very comfortable and pleasant and I think the parents were very happy. They are not super picky about food (taste-wise, obviously they are picky about it kosher-wise).
                                  Thank you thank you everyone who posted I really appreciate it!!!

                              2. re: VTB

                                isn't everything worth the border crossing? :)
                                I have eaten at Mazel Tov four times,
                                it was great 3x & not very good 1x but that's always a possibility!
                                menu consisted of typical kosher meat restaurant fare
                                (no dairy served at all)
                                grilled meat ,schnitzel, hummos, chicken soup, fish , kugel, challah etc.