There used to be a wonderful little gem of a restaurant in Grosse Pointe Park called Vienna Cafe. It was on Mack Avenue between Outer Drive and Alter on the east side of the street.
The owners were from the former Yugoslavia and they made the most original, delicious, and delightful salads I’ve ever seen or tasted! They were really just plates filled to the brim with fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, and either some sort of grain or, if you wished, meat or sausage. The soups were also delicious and the desserts one of a kind. It was the first time I had seen fruit mixed with vegetables. Growing up, we only had salad my father liked which was boring lettuce, tomato, & maybe sometimes sliced onions. Whatever the owners could get at Eastern Market they used in their creations: crisp apples, blueberries, raspberries, grapes, mixed right in with tomatoes, onions, peppers, and cucumbers. And the house dressing was outstanding.
Sadly, last year, it closed due to illness when they couldn’t afford the rent. But my salad today is a tribute to Vienna Cafe.
There’s green beans, cucumbers, jalapenos, tomatoes, lettuce, blueberries, raspberries, onions, cherries, quinoa, roasted red peppers, pecans, hempseed, radishes, avocado, fresh basil, & peas.