For more than 42 years, Gracie See Pastaria's repertoire of cheese-dripping specialty pizzas and rib-sticking pasta platters has satisfied cravings for flavorful Italian fare. Launch a two-person feast rocket with the Clucker—a flock of wings, buffalo wings, chicken tenders, and miniature tacos—or gather four folks and cram for a popper quiz with a 20-piece study guide of deep-fried broccoli and cheese. Marinara-drenched main courses include pasta options such as healthy whole-wheat mostaccioli and the Godfather plate, with its large extended family of italian sausage, homemade meatballs, and mushrooms. Flattened stacks of pepperoni, sausage, and green pepper litter the Sicilian pie, and the spicy Middle Eastern Explosion shakes hands with halal ingredients, onions, and garlic. Meatless munchers might try the cheese ravioli or split the vegetarian pizza. These Roman repasts may be washed down with a glass of wine, soda, or beer, or enjoyed Italian-style with a quart of olive oil.
After many years of cooking their favorite Indian dishes at home, Manu and Ila Patel decided to share their recipes with others inside Krishna Catering & Restaurant. They stuff dosas (thin crepes) with cheese and vegetables and toss onions and jalape?os into uttapam (thick pancake) mix, creating dishes that helped the eatery earn the Best Vegetarian Restaurant award on the 2012 Detroit A List. Ila also blends Indian and Chinese flavors, dousing cheese cubes in Chinese sauce and sprinkling chili and soy sauces over veggies. Manu and Ila also cart their myriad dishes off site, catering weddings and celebrations held after passing court-mandated polygraph tests.
Though dogs tend to lovingly follow their owners' lead, that's not where the name Me & My Shadow came from. The owners had a dog named Shadow, an american eskimo that began suffering from health problems, including blindness, at an early age. When Shadow became too skittish to take walks around the neighborhood, his owners decided to put a pool in the backyard. Shadow was delighted to swim in it, and for years afterward, it seemed he was happiest during the summer swimming season.
This inspired Me & My Shadow, an indoor pool and recreation center where dogs can exercise and learn to socialize throughout the year. By-appointment swimming sessions are kept private to ensure dogs and owners—who can take a dip, too—feel comfortable. Pet parents can also sign their dogs up for training sessions, which are led by Judy Hales, an experienced trainer who takes a gentle, positive approach to instruction, as opposed to just rolling her eyes at dogs that can't complete their given task.
Partygoers can duck into Fun Booth's spacious photo booths to capture moments during weddings, family reunions, and parties, then quickly share them with real-time Facebook uploads. After the booth's digital camera snaps four pictures of groups twirling canes or combing fake mustaches picked from the prop box, its sub-dye printers fire out photo strips within 10 seconds. The booth is delivered for free and accompanied by an attendant to answer questions. Add-ons include scrapbooks made of all the event's images, as well as a video-booth option where guests record greetings for their hosts or film their Real World: Gary, Indiana auditions.
Filing just one annual tax return can be stressful for most people, but at Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, the tax-savvy team calmly files thousands each tax season. The network of Detroit tax centers?a subset of a nationwide chain with more than 7,000 locations?specializes in individual federal and state income tax returns and their tax professionals boast between 200 and 500 hours of tax law training. Offering services that are often more affordable than do-it-yourself software, staff tax experts also back their handiwork with an accuracy guarantee; clients are reimbursed for any penalties that result from a staffer?s error. Returns also come with free online filing, which reassures taxpayers with round-the-clock return status alerts and saves them the hassle of wondering whether the Monopoly Man has received their papers yet.