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Smokin’ Good Come as you are to C.A.Y.A. Smokehouse Grill


Danny Raskin Senior Columnist

hen the restaurant opened with its name, someone at home probably shook his or her head and said, “Are they kidding? I just got out of the tub?” But the name, instead of an abbreviation for “come as you are,” would suddenly turn into come and you’ll ask for more … at the C.A.Y.A. Smokehouse Grill on Commerce Road, between Pontiac Trail and Commerce Road in Wolverine Lake. Now celebrating another anniversary, C.A.Y.A., features a modern menu that centers around housesmoked beef along with fresh seafood, steaks, chops, etc. … The smoked dishes are cooked for 10-14 hours using hickory, oak, maple, apple and cherry woods … This process ensures all meats are cooked through and naturally tender … The variety of woods Chef Jeff Rose used produces a dark outer layer “bark” that carmelizes the outside of the meat. Among its best-selling products, C.A.Y.A. has gained a reputation of having an array of house-smoked meats … But its kale salad is still a


the best of everything

much asked-for item that features kale, apples, candied pecans and radishes in a creamy cider dressing … It is also much noted for its corn bread, and customers regularly ask Executive Chef/Co-Owner Jeff Rose for the secret recipe … Also popular items include the ribs, brisket and chicken confit that includes spaetzle, peas, tomato and spinach in a lemon juice … C.A.Y.A. does its own baking along with desserts like the popular bread pudding and cheesecake plus others that change seasonally C.A.Y.A Smokehouse Grill is in the former Nifty Normans Building … and shows off a rustic industrial look that comes from a blend of modern metals and old-style wood. Owners Chef Rose and Rachel Mandell each enjoy 25 years in the dining game … Chef Rose with his flair for great-tasting food and Rachel with her great passion for food and design. Seating is 85 in the dining room and 85 on an outdoor patio … with 25 stools at the bar and nine at high-tops …Hours are TuesdayThursday, 4:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Friday 4:30-11, Saturday 10 a.m-11 p.m. with brunch served until 3 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m.- 9 p.m., with brunch served until 3 p.m. C.A.Y.A. enjoys the distinction of having its own food truck for off-


THE WHITNEY Pre-Theater Dinner Menu

site catering needs … and is very popular for participating in local community food truck events as well. All in all, no matter what you may call it, C.A.Y.A. Smokehouse Grill is easily ranked among the top high-standing smokehouse restaurants with a growing reputation for much goodness. MUMFORD HIGH’S CLASS of 1954’s 65th reunion is a Sunday brunch, Oct. 6, at Andiamo West, Telegraph and Maple … For info, call Jim Weitzman, (248) 736-7464 or RSVP to mumford5reunion@ DID YOU KNOW DEPT. … That Detroit’s American Coney Island also has, besides an eatery in Las Vegas’ D Hotel & Casino, another one at the Detroit Zoo and its own shipping company to send out those popular Coney Kits? QUICKIE OLDIES … He’s so cheap the only time he’ll pick up a check is when it’s made out to him … A healthy home is a happy home so send your home to the doctor twice a year. CONGRATS … To Dino Mitropoulos on his birthday … To Irving Feldman on his 80th birthday. Email Danny at dannyraskin2132@gmail. com.

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