Lisa O’Donnell and Bonnie Fishman

Their stylish menus are enticing enough to attract a loyal clientele of discriminating diners, but no matter how expert they are, restaurant people like to take a break from their own kitchens for a taste of someone else’s cooking


Published:

Lisa O’Donnell of Grape Expectations, the Plymouth wine bar, is not just a wine lover. “I am an ethnic food junkie — in particular Middle Eastern and Asian,” she says. “When I go out to eat, it’s with my husband and two kids [8 and 11] who are pretty adventurous eaters. For Japanese, we go to a local place called Izakaya Sanpei in Canton, but have recently discovered a new place called Tomo in Plymouth Township. I always get something like Nabeyaki Udon. It’s the perfect dish — noodles, broth, veggies, egg, and chicken. For extended family special occasions, and because my husband is Chinese-American, we go to Shangri-La in West Bloomfield. We love their dim sum on Sundays.” The family also likes the sampler platter at La Shish. “The platter for two is enough to feed all of us with leftovers to take home,” O’Donnell says.

Bonnie Fishman teaches cooking, along with producing great entrees, cakes, and cookies at her Bonnie’s Kitchen in Bloomfield Township. “Working in food service all of my life, I never sit down to eat, only grabbing little bites all day,” she says. “So small plates appeal to me, particularly the selection at Vinology in Ann Arbor.” She shows her international side with such favorites as the fried shrimp appetizer at Sy Thai in Birmingham, the aloo paratha at Shalimar in Farmington Hills, the udon noodle bowl at Little Tree in Royal Oak, and the pommes frites at Bastone, also in Royal Oak. When it comes to pastries, however, she says, “If they’re not from my shop, I’ll pass, unless you offer me a chocolate croissant from The Croissanterie in Marigot on St. Martin — the best in the world.”

Edit Module
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Related Content

Home for Chinese New Year

An Ann-Arbor-based writer realizes the true way to celebrate has nothing to do with firecrackers or shiny envelopes

My Two Christmases

An Armenian-Iranian, Detroit-based writer reflects on transposing the holiday across continents

Sanctuary for the Senses

Castalia in Midtown offers a cocktail experience unlike any other

Local Pie Makers Offer Variety of Fillings

Area bakers offer alternative fillings for holiday pastry.

A Taste of Paris

Cannelle Patisserie chef Matt Knio’s baked goods are turning up in restaurants and markets across metro Detroit
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. And the 2019 Restaurant of the Year Is: Prime + Proper
    A polished ambience and masterful dishes at downtown Detroit’s Prime + Proper, reimagine the...
  2. 24 Hours With . . . Sophia Bush
    Actress, activist, and co-founder of Detroit Blows
  3. Bottoms Up
    More than 60 years after Black Bottom was razed, the Detroit region named for its rich, dark soil...
  4. Live Long and Prosper
    Ann Arbor’s Forever Labs builds a thriving business banking stem cells on the prospect of...
  5. Three Generations, One Roof
    University of Michigan Professor Natasha Pilkauskas finds one type of household is on the rise
  6. North American International Auto Show Charity Preview
  7. Japanese Exchange
    Adachi brings a fresh Asian-inspired menu to a Birmingham landmark
  8. Another Crack in the Ceiling
    A young, rising female activist shares the impact and inspiration of Rashida Tlaib’s historic...
  9. Smart Cookies
    More than a century ago, Juliette Gordon Low sparked a movement to inspire girls to embrace their...
  10. Pure and Simple
    Drawing inspiration from the spring bridal runways and celebrity brides alike (we’re looking at...