Well, I know the years are flying by when I start reminiscing about the foods I crave and the fleeting culinary memories that are about my town Detroit. How about you? Do you remember any of these things and places ?
The all day Holloway taffy sucker Slo-Pokes that you would get on the Bob-lo Boat.
Now that was a sucker. If you planned your licking judiciously it would last from Detroit
to Bob-lo Island and back.
Do you also remember the super fresh potato chips that you would get out of the Better Maid Potato Chip Shop next door to the Senate Movie Theater on Michigan and Livernois? Yes those were the days when they really made potato chips fresh. They packaged them right in front of you in a paper-like cupcake holder kind of how you get popcorn today from the movie theater.
Oh yes, if you are into ice cream, do you remember the Jim Dandy Ice Cream Parlors? They were located all over Detroit. In fact, I used to hang out at the one on Michigan Avenue and Livernois and another one up around 7 Mile and Outer Drive. Now Jim Dandy was the man.
It also seems to me that you used to be able to get a Free Vernor’s on Woodward Ave when you went to visit the Vernor’s Factory in Downtown Detroit. I’m not sure about that, but the word free sticks in my memory. What do you remember?
Downtown Detroit in the Times Square area kitty corner from the old Detroit Times Newspaper office was a restaurant called Rehm’s. I remember the restaurant for the best carrots that I ever had. Yes carrots! And if you don’t believe me you can ask any rabbit in Detroit and they will tell you about the great boiled carrots at Rehm’s Restaurants.
And while we were on our trip to Detroit it wasn’t complete without a hot fudge sundae From Sander’s Ice Cream Parlor on Woodward Avenue. And how about the Delicatessen over there in the Dexter/Davidson area where you got real corn beef and rye sandwiches and only the schmucks would get butter on their bread instead of mustard. Does anyone remember the name of that place?
Plus do any of you remember the A&W Root Beer Stand on Livernois and Joy Rd? I remember it because if you bought a full size hot dog they gave you a small midget glass mug of root beer and you could take the glass home with you. Boy those were the days.
And while we’re in the car we might as well roll on over to 8 Mile and Woodward because that is where the original Big Boy in Detroit was located and man that Big Boy Hamburger was something else. And while we are on the hamburger kick…how many of you remember the great Tel-Way Hamburger joint located on Martin and Michigan Avenue? I remember them even before they had the broken down bull and wagon and I always got mine with M.O.P., (mustard, onion, and pickle). It’s still there and the hamburgers are still real hamburgers.
So, there you go Michelle Obama! How’s that for feeding your face politically ”Un”correct?