One of the greatest hidden secrets for dining was Majors in Southwest Detroit. It was, perhaps the most unique restaurant that I have ever been to. On one end was a full blown bar that shared the menu of the restaurant on the other end. The bar was completely filled with logos and signage from trucking and logistical companies, plus most of the car companies. You could tell the type of business men that frequented that end of the restaurant. The other end was a table clothed full blown restaurant that featured steaks, veal and seafood with an Italian bias.
It was one of the most affordable restaurants in the tri-county area of greater Detroit. There was soup, salad, pasta, entrée, dessert and coffee and you might not even cross the twelve dollar mark, not to mention great bread on the sides, and you could splurge for an appetizer.
Majors was such a deal that I used to use it for dinners after baptisms and first communions, because it would work out to be about the same price as to do it at home, with the preparation or the clean-up. There was always a back room that could be set up for a party. Now that I think about it, there was one back room that was always busy, but that is another story. Everybody would just order off of the menu, and the staff would bring out plates that were ordered, plus more plates of extra, that weren’t (and at no additional charge, how could you beat that).
As for the wines, it was always basic red Italian wines that I remember plus bottles of Asti Spumante for celebrating. I don’t remember any white wines, but if there were they would have been the popular ones of the day like a Zeller Schwarze Katz, Blue Nun etc. Some places the wine shone, others the food did the yeoman work.
Unfortunately, the restaurant was robbed one day, and the owner just decided that was it. It was a sad day for all of the regulars.