I am always mystified when out-of-state hounds request chow recommendations for the Detroit Metro area, that none of my fellow hounds ever recommends Giorgio's Diner in Oak Park. Now, a little clarification is in order here. There now are TWO Giorgio's, the original one at the Oak Park location, and a new one in West Bloomfield Township. Giorgio Golematis sold the one in Oak Park and now runs the one in W. Bloomfield. The original location is run in Giorgio's style by Eddie Hanna. Anyway, I can speak only about the original location, which hasn't missed in beat in the change of ownership.
I stumbled into Giorgio's in 1997 when I worked in Southfield. From the street, it had all the panache of a greasy spoon. The first thing I ever ordered was a burger with a chutney sauce, certainly not your every-day burger, and surely a hint of things to come. I quickly discovered a menu loaded with pastas, steaks, chicken, and veal dishes, all incredibly reasonably priced.
Over the years, Spaghetti Bolognese, Zita Arabiata, Chicken Marsala, Chicken Zip, Chicien Piccata, and a sirloin hamburger steak have become staples of mine, incredibly consistent from visit to visit, well-prepared, tasty, perfect sauces, ultimately belly-warmingly satisfying. I've never ever felt bad after eating a Giorgio's meal. And, you can get a real leafy-green romaine lettuce salad, if you ask for it, iceberg if you don't.
I've been wanting to write this post for some time, but selfishly reluctant to do so, lest I get crowded out some lunch time by a pack of hounds in search of the great plate of food.
On second thought, let's continue to not recommend it.