Hot Dish: Jan. 13, 2010
I asked manager Jerry Sattler which sandwiches are more popular at the Detroit location. He smiled and rattled off, “The Russian Reuben, regular Reuben, Dinty Moore (hot corned beef, lettuce, tomato, Russian dressing), hot corned beef, My Fair Lady (turkey, lettuce, tomato, mayo) and the West Side Story (hot corned beef or pastrami, coleslaw, Russian dressing, Stage rye) are a just a few, not to mention the soup and half sandwich, hot brisket sandwich and the hot turkey sandwich.”
Stage 62 Deli's interior.
Sandwiches range from $10-$15 and come with a pickle. There’s matzo ball soup ($6), smoked fish platter ($23), rib eye steak ($19), stuffed cabbage ($14) and meatloaf ($14). Stage 62 Delicatessen & Restaurant, 9105 Strada Place, 597-2800, www.stage62deli.com.
Mr. Tequila Mexican Restaurant opened Dec. 30 at the former site of Meson Ole and Ditka’s. This is authentic Mexican, not Tex-Mex, and the food is unique and tasty. I recommend the chori-pollo grilled shrimp with chicken and mildly spiced chorizo—a filling plate for $14.
Chori-pollo grilled shrimp at Mr. Tequila.
Carol and Herman Rudolph with Mr. Tequila Mexican Restaurant’s 46-ounce margarita.
Chrissy and Fadi Rabil invited the star-studded cast of High Spirits (onstage at TheatreZone through Sunday) to Chrissy’s Bianchi’s Restaurant in the Courthouse Shadows last Sunday night for a fundraiser to support TheatreZone’s programs.
TheatreZone Artistic Director Mark Danni, patrons Howard and Stacey Murrell, actress Georgia Engel and choreographer/actress Karen Molnar.
Eric Pate's Backstreet Bar and Grill just opened at the former site of Gina's 7th Avenue and Nektar at 849 Seventh Ave. S., 435-1882. The restaurant will serve Pate's steaks and seafood, and continue some Italian specialties from Gina's. The Pate family is a Naples restaurant dynasty, having started Pate's Marker Four, Pate's on U.S. 41, and Pate's Piccadilly Pub and Cork's Steakhouse & Wine Bar, both on Fifth Avenue South.
Figaro’s Pizza and Cena Entrees to Go, whichoffered prepared ingredients, utensils and recipes to make inexpensive meals to cook or freeze, have closed in the Marquesa Plaza on Livingston Road at Pine Ridge in Naples. The plaza also recently lost Sharks Cavern and On the Rocks. Meanwhile, Bajio Mexican Grill and Five Guys Famous Burgers and Fries have flourished in the plaza. Five Guys has also done well further west on Pine Ridge and is opening another location Sunday in the former Shane’s Rib Shack at Coconut Point mall.
A burger joint that has not done so well is Mile High Burger, having just closed a location in Bonita Springs. Although it was on the busy Bonita Beach Road, it had less exposure because of its rather-hidden location in a plaza.