Dimitri's changes locations, but retains its standards
|By Joe Torok|
Now in Delta Township, the venerable restaurant has expanded its menu
If Dimitri’s Restaurant is an old dog, it’s doing a bang-up job learning new tricks.
The same trapezoidal, red-to-orange two-tone sign with
Reborn in comfortable new digs on Saginaw Road near Creyts
Dimitri himself is still around, too, convivial to the bone, delighted to see whoever walks through the front door. After a recent health scare he’s as vibrant as ever. "I’m 74, and I will be 75," he insists.
Asked to confirm his Greek ancestry, Dimitri answers drily.
"It is Greek," he says, referring to his last name in a
When Dimitri’s was located downtown, the rush of power
The expanded menu boasts yesteryear’s bill of fare
Rule, a 12-year veteran in the kitchen, began his culinary
"The dinner menu is 100 percent my recipes," Rule says. "Every sauce I make is from scratch."
Rule revels in the science of food. He counts authors
"I love the science behind food," Rule says, "like mixing and contrasting acids and sugars in a meal."
On a recent Friday, the dinner special was barbecue beef
Rule says a major consideration when creating Dimitri’s dinners was to build a diverse menu. Pork, chicken, beef, fish and pasta are the building blocks from which he blends flavors.
The fruit-based glaze for pork and chicken dishes has the consistency of a smooth chutney. The peach-colored (for good reason) sauce adds a sweet, moist finish that contrasts nicely to a hearty cut of roast pork loin.
Dill-seared tilapia ($10.49) is served with a fine lemon butter sauce that imparts a subtle acidic sparkle. The delicate sauce, with a silky texture akin to sour cream, plays nicely on the palate.
Pasta puttenesca — with an anchovy, caper and olive
"My goal is to make people happy," Rule says.
"He makes me happy," Dimitri interjects. "I eat like a king every night."
While the atmosphere has changed and the menu has matured,
"We still have the best french fries, olive burgers and rice pudding," he says. "People come in and say, ’Get me the fix’ — the fix means Coney dogs."
Stop by and have a chat with Dimitri, and try the rice pudding.
"I’m serious when I say you never had a better one than
Stay for dinner, he’s got plenty of stories. If nothing else, grab a Coney dog for old time’s sake. A renaissance, after all, is built on classics.
6334 W. Saginaw Road, Lansing
7 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 8 a.m.-3 p.m.