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.
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 jalapeños 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.
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.
At Secret Recipes Family Dining, Jim Woolford helms an affable staff who serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a sunny, relaxed dining room that caters to families, offering coloring books and toys for the kids. Omelets, breakfast burritos, and pancakes greet the dawn alongside coffee and tea. By suppertime, the kitchen's signature baked meatloaf—slathered in gravy and flanked by mashed potatoes—crowns tables as slices of pie vie for space amid entrees and each table's caddy of sugar and ketchup. Secret Recipes also caters special events with chafing dishes and place settings that serve up buffet-style entrees and a myriad of sides.
The instructors at Stroia School of Driving have helped people hit the road for nearly 20 years, providing instruction and tests in operating a car or motorcycle for drivers of all ages. They also offer driver-improvement courses through the 27th District Court, which can help in matters such as reducing license points and insurance rates.