Bites: November 2014

News and notes about the metro Detroit food scene from Molly Abraham and the <i>Hour</i> staff.

Andiamo Adjusts

The Andiamo Restaurant Group has again gone back to the drawing board. With consultant Jacques Van Staden on board, menus from Warren to Novi have been updated with new dishes and a more contemporary spin. Before hanging out his shingle as a consultant, Van Staden was the chef/partner at Bistro Joe’s in Birmingham …

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Super Service

Ocean Prime super-server Shawniqua Smith has received the 2014 Recognition of Service Award from the Detroit Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau for her enthusiastic approach. Not surprisingly, Smith has been assigned to training new staff members at the Troy restaurant …

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PETA Approved

Detroit Vegan Soul’s co-owners and chefs, Erika Boyd and Kirsten Ussery, have picked up the Compassionate Business Award from PETA for their meat- and meat-product-free menu at the restaurant in Detroit’s West Village …

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Ramen Redux

Jacques and Christine Driscoll had an almost immediate hit on their hands when they revived Green Dot Stables on West Lafayette Boulevard in 2012. Now they’ve unveiled Johnny Noodle King in another old spot, the former Johnny’s Ham King at 2601 W. Fort St. in the same general neighborhood in Detroit. Will ramen noodles prove as popular as Green Dot’s mystery meat sliders? In the early going, it certainly looks that way. Crowds are flocking in to slurp away on the fare from chef Les Molnar …

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Warm Welcome

Luciano Del Signore’s Bigalora pizzas may be found at yet another venue: the club level at Ford Field where they’re getting the nod from Lions’ fans …

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Encore Performance

Jai-Lee Dearing has taken over the former Dylan’s at 15402 Mack Ave. in Grosse Pointe Park. It is now Rockefeller’s Oyster Bar & Grill. Patrons who remember it as the original Tom’s Oyster Bar are happy that the new regime has brought back pianist/singer Marty Balog, who seems to know every song in the classic popular songbook.