Located SOMEWHERE in Frenchtown (I was just trying to get away from New York) I just stopped here for gas and thought… “What a Great Peaceful Town”… The beginning 1/1/11
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BIG BLUE’S RIBS Soon to be Famous (or not) Here’s how the saga began…
I think the day was January 1, 2011. It was cold and snowing as I crossed into Michigan via 280 or 75— couldn’t figure it out! I was low on gas so I stopped for gas in a place called Frenchtown. Having no money, I called my son somewhere in northern Michigan. My son showed up in his old pick up truck with his hound dog, Blue. “Dad”, he says “Don't leave! Let’s open a restaurant HERE! We all miss you!” Having a slight case (Ok, maybe a large case) of Oldtimers, I said “Yes” to his idea. Not sure what was going on, I called my GREAAAT aunt and said “I’m in Michigan & I’m not leaving!” She asked me, “Why are you here? Have you gone insane?” “Not sure” I replied. Then it started to come back to me... Wow, I’m in Michigan! I was born here. Why did I ever leave? Oh, That’s right, I was a cook doing a breakfast for some mayor’s office and got fired (the mayor said the food sucked). I got in my car with my chefs hat & left town. Wow! That was 30 years ago (Or was it 300, no, it was 30). Whatever! The fog started to lift. My son says to me, “Dad, we have been very worried about you. You disappeared 30 years ago. You have 8 brothers and sisters here, 5 grandkids and maybe more on the way. Dad, what happened?” “I’m not sure son, I just remember working a lot of hours... Something happened and I found myself in New York cooking. All I know is, I had to leave. So I got in my car and here I am!” So the saga begins here in Frenchtown, Michigan, 2011. The last thing I remember I was in Livonia Michigan 1979. BIG BLUE’S RIBS and MORE was established at the family reunion shortly held after they found me here in Frenchtown. Thanks to the Syrocki’s, MH.Law, S.H. Psychiatric, the old pick-up truck & the hound dog Blue. Dad: “Jamey, do you think anybody will loan us money?” Jamey: “I’m not sure Dad, ask your brother Matt & Aunt Margie.” Dad: “Are you sure son? A restaurant???” Jamey: “Yes, Dad.” Dad: “OK. How about BIG BLUE’S?” Jamey: “Dad, what’s our food going to be? Dad: “I don’t know son. Let’s just make it good! And if they like it, we might be able to pay the loans back. Ok, son? You Call your Brother “Jeff” and I’ll call your Sister “Mariah” Now, Let’s GET TO WORK!”
1559 N. Telegraph • Monroe, Michigan 48162
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So I won’t leave with their money...
APPETIZERS It’s suppin you eat before your meal. Don’t see it, just ask and we’ll try to make it!
FRIED CALAMARI ····················$7.95 Hand breaded, flash fried with marinara dipping sauce. Wanna spank it? We’ll toss it with a mellow pepper sauce for a little kick.
CLUCK YOU WINGS ·················$6.95 1 lb of our award winning wings with choice of sauce. Spicy, Mild, BBQ, Honey Dijon, Mchales or Louisiana. Give them the best here, Jamey. Tressa at the Anchor bar in buffalo, N.Y. was a close friend of mine. (Hottie)
JUMBO BBQ BACON WRAPPED SHRIMP ·································$7.50 Stuffed with horseradish (WOW!) Everybody keeps copying this recipe...thiefs!
HONEY & BUTTER MINI CROISSANTS—SERVED WARM ····$7.50 Picked this one up in Columbia, SC at Mariah’s College USC gamecocks. Great College, Beautiful Southern Belles and Great Food.
JUMBO SHRIMP COCKTAIL·········$7.50 Served atop chilled greens w/lemon. Better be cold water wild shrimp-Jamey!
SALADS TRAVERSE CITY WILD CHERRY SALAD Fresh greens topped with an array of Dried Cherries, Gorgonzola Cheese Chopped Walnuts, Mandarin Oranges, topped with Cherry Viniagrette dressing… It’s a Michigan thing!!! I tried it for the first time & it was a better salad than I had at a five star restaurant in Vegas called Hugo’s Cellar… Go Michigan!
MEDIUM—$6.00············ LARGE $8.00 BLUE’S COBB SALAD Fresh Greens topped with Bacon, Eggs, Black Oak Ham, Turkey, Gorgonzola Cheese and Vine Ripened Tomatoes (seasonal availability). Picked this one up in Milwaukee, WI-Pieces of 8 Restaurant. Been around for 40 years. This one’s got longevity! Your choice of dressings
MEDIUM—$6.00············ LARGE $8.00 CAESAR SALAD Fresh Greens tossed with Caesar Dressing, grated fresh Romano Cheese & Homemade Croutons Doubt this one was made during the Roman empire. Anchovies upon request. Doubt this one was made during the Roman empire. Probably made at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, 45 years ago for Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin...seems reasonable to me.
MEDIUM—$4.00············ LARGE $7.00 SPINACH SALAD We use only Baby Spinach, right out of the crib, add Sliced Eggs, real Bacon, some Mandarin Oranges & Cherries and our Homemade Hot Bacon Dressing. Got this one in St. Louis MO -94th Squadron 1982
LOBSTER MAC & CHEESE ······· $11.95 A bowl full of cavatapi pasta.. Charlie Sheen told me this was good in rehab!
MOZZARELLA STICKS···············$6.95 Served our way! With Marinara dipping sauce. This one’s SOOO good! Why? Cuz its a secret & you don't get to know unless you buy some… keep this secret!
CHICKEN & CHEESE QUESADILLAS ·························$6.95 CHEESE QUESADILLAS ·············$5.95 Quesadillas served with Sour Cream & Salsa.
MEDIUM—$4.00············ LARGE $7.00 HOUSE TOSSED SALAD The Classic Salad. Fresh Greens with Tomato, Cucumber, & Homemade Croutons
MEDIUM—$4.00············ LARGE $7.00 DRESSINGS Classic Caesar, Cherry Vinaigrette, Chunky Blue Cheese, Ranch-Fresh, Poppy Seed House Dressing– Greek with Feta Cheese; Add to any salad…
GRILLED OR CAJUN CHICKEN ·····$2.00 GRILLED SHRIMP ····················· 4.00
Anything else??? Just ask, maybe only pennies…maybe not!!
ENTREES Entrees include choice of 2 sides & your choice of Soup or Salad Sides include: Real Mashed Potatoes, Blue’s Fries, Homemade Potato Salad, Blue’s Baked Beans, Pasta with Marinara or Garlic Butter, Vegetable Di-Jour, Cole Slaw, Rice Pilaf or Baked Potato BIG BLUE’S BBQ BABY BACK RIBS FULL RACK···························· $15.95 HALF RACK ·····························$8.95 After cooking 190,000 lbs. of ribs in the last decade, I’m sure you will enjoy these award winning ribs. Maybe not. (Maybe you won’t like us at all.)
BIG BLUE’S RIBS & WINGS ······· $11.95 All Day … Everyday. 1/2 Slab of Baby Back Ribs & 1/2 Dozen Wings. Any flavor. Served with Baked Beans and Cole Slaw only.
BIG BLUE’S RIBS & SOUTHERN FRIED CHICKEN······························· $11.95 1/2 Slab Baby Back Ribs & 1/2 Fried Chicken
BIG BLUE’S RIBS & CHICKEN ····· $11.95 1/2 Slab Baby Back Ribs with 2 Charbroiled BBQ Chicken Breasts
BIG BLUE’S RIBS & SHRIMP ······· $13.95 1/2 Slab Baby Back Ribs & Jumbo Broiled Shrimp or Fried Shrimp. Substitute your shrimp for BBQ Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Stuffed with Horseradish for just $2.00
BIG BLUE’S RIBS & STEAK ········ $14.95 1/2 Slab Ribs & 1/2 lb New York Strip Steak. We use only USDA Choice Iowa Beef, hand cut inhouse, fresh, never frozen.
STEAK & CHICKEN ·················· $14.95 1/2 lb New York Steak & 1/2 lb charbroiled Chicken Breasts.
PRIME RIB & BBQ SHRIMP········ $15.95 Substitute your shrimp for BBQ Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Stuffed with Horseradish for just $2.00
The health department would like us to remind you that consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish or eggs may increase your risk for food borne illness.
PASTA & POULTRY ANGEL HAIR—PENNE—LINGUINI OR FETTUCCINI PASTA ···················· $7.95 With Home-Made Marinara– Vodka Sauce-Alfredo, Bolognese , or Fra Diablo Sauce (Hot & Spicy).
ADD JUMBO SHRIMP $5.00 ADD SAUTÉED CHICKEN $4.00 CHICKEN PARMIGANA ···············$11.95 Hand-Breaded, Hand-Cut, Fresh. Topped with fresh Marinara & Provolone Cheese over pasta.
CHICKEN MARSALA, FRANCESE, OR CHICKEN CHABLIS ··················$11.95 “Marsala” with Crimini Mushrooms, Marsala Wine in a Demi Glace Sauce, Over Pasta or Rice. “Francese” sautéed in a Egg Batter with Lemon Wine & Garlic Butter, Over Rice or Pasta. “Chablis” sautéed Chicken, Onions, Mushrooms & Tomatoes in a Chablis Sauce over Rice or Pasta.
POLLO & SAUSAGE ALA VODKA….$11.95 Sautéed Chicken & Sausage with spinach in a New York “pink” Vodka Sauce with Penne Pasta
NEW ORLEANS CAJUN CHICKEN ··$11.95 Sautéed fresh Chicken (New Orleans Style) atop Pasta or Rice “Not for the Timid” ... (Spicy)
4 CHEESE PASTA PURSES PRIMAVERA ····················· $11.95 Seasonal Fresh Vegetables sautéed with garlic herb butter in a light cream sauce & grated Romano Cheese
POLLO & SAUSAGE SCARPIELLO ······ $11.95 Sautéed Chicken & Sausage tossed with linguini, Onions, Crimini Mushrooms, & Mild Cherry Peppers in a Sweet Vermouth Demi-Glace Sauce
HAZEL NUT CHICKEN ··················· $10.95 Sautéed Chicken in a Hazel Nut Cream Sauce with Shaved Almonds (sweet & fruity flavor), over Rice or Pasta.
Who’s this BLUE’S guy? It’s the Hound Dog Silly. All served with your choice of 2 sides. Blue’s Fries, Cole Slaw, Potato Salad, or Blue’s Baked Beans.
ANGUS CHEESE BURGER ··················$6.95 BLUE’S PATTY MELT ······················$7.95 1/2 lb Angus Beef, grilled to perfection on a Brioche Roll with Lettuce, Tomato & Mayo. Pretty good.. Buffalo burger may be better, but I never had one!
BBQ BACON CHEDDAR BURGER ········ $7.95 1/2 lb Burger topped with special Cheddar & our famous BBQ Sauce on a Brioche Roll. A guy named Ray & I developed this famous BBQ sauce in Chicago, he stole my recipe, went on to become a multimillionaire… Baby Who?
MUSHROOM SWISS BURGER ··············$6.95 1/2 lb Angus Beef topped with sautéed Mushrooms, Swiss Cheese & Mayo on a Brioche Roll We use NO wild mushrooms here.
1/2 lb Burger, old fashioned favorite. Simple but still great on grilled Marble Rye with Caramelized Onion & Swiss Cheese & Dijon Mustard.
BLUE’S SIGNATURE BURGER ··········· $10.00 Twin 8oz Grilled Angus Beef patties stuffed with BLUE Cheese & Bacon. Topped with Lettuce, Tomatoes & Mayo. Then Finished off with BBQ Sauce & Onion Rings on a Brioche Roll “Bet You Can’t Eat It All — Bet Blue Could”
PICCADILLY PUB FISH SANDWICH ······$6.95 British Pub Style Cod on a Hoagie Roll with Tarter, Lettuce & Tomato.
BLUE’S LITTLE DOG CORNER Under 10 only - Vet
Comes with French Fries or Potato Chips
$4.00 Kids Fingers (Chicken, of course!) Kids Ribs (Add $2) Kids Burger Grilled Cheese Kids BBQ Pork (On a roll with Cheese) Kids Mac & Cheese
Now comes the labor of love, years of devotion to creativity Studebakers Restaurant—Stroudsburg, PA, in the heart of the Poccono Mountains. 7 years… 4 a.m. daily creating soups and sauces with the best spices and seasonings known, I became an artist & guru of the soup intoxication that mankind wanted.
FRENCH ONION AU GRATIN $4.00 LOBSTER BISQUE $5.00 SOUP DI JOUR $3.00 You will find a wide variety of soups that are amazing! Ask your server.
BEVERAGES Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Dr. Pepper, Sierra Mist, Orange Crush, Mug Root Beer, Cadillac Coffee, Iced Tea or Hot Tea, Hot Chocolate Free Refills
Specialty Items include choice of 2 sides & your choice of Soup or Salad Sides include: Real Mashed Potatoes, Blue’s Fries, Homemade Potato Salad, Blue’s Baked Beans, Pasta with Marinara or Garlic Butter, Vegetable Di-Jour, Cole Slaw, Rice Pilaf or Baked Potato ROAST PRIME RIB OF BEEF ········$19.95 “20 to 22oz.cut” slow cooked for 10 hours served with au jus & creamed horseradish.
16 OZ CUT ······························$15.95 CAJUN STYLE—ADD $1.00 PRIME RIB & LOBSTER ·········· Mkt Price We use only genuine South African Lobster Tails, the best you can buy in the world.
GENUINE SOUTH AFRICAN LOBSTER TAILS ···················· Mkt Price Single Tail or Twin Tails. Served with drawn nut butter.
MARYLAND CRAB CAKES ···········$15.95 Homemade Lump Crab & Claw Meat with our secret ingredients, over Rice Pilaf & topped with Cajun Sauce.
GRILLED RACK OF LAMB ···········$24.95 New Zealand Rack, charbroiled, served with Rice Pilaf & Mint Jelly.
CAJUN CATFISH— NEW ORLEANS STYLE ···············$12.95 Pan seared & baked to perfection, topped with a light Cajun Sauce.
CRAB STUFFED CANADIAN SALMON ················· $14.95 Our home made Crab Stuffing with Broccoli & Cheese, served with a side of Lobster Sauce.
LAKE PERCH DINNER ················$14.95 Beer Battered & Fried or Sautéed Scampi Style.
ANGUS MEAT LOAF STACK ········ $10.95 Our home made meat loaf made with angus beef atop Texas Toast real Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Topped with Onion Rings.
BOUNTY IN THE BAKER ·············· $7.95 Our size Potato stuffed with BBQ pulled pork, topped with Cheddar & Jack Cheese & Baked to perfection.
STEAK PARMESAN ·········· ··········$14.95 8 oz Choice NY Steak topped with Jumbo Shrimp & four Italian Cheeses. Baked to perfection.
NY STRIP STEAK ·····················$16.95 King of Steaks. 12 oz Choice NY Strip Steak Charbroiled to perfection.
If for some reason you don’t like our seafood, We’ll stop makin it. Notify the in-house psychiatrist cuz you need help more than me!! All food certified for the visually offensive & health department.
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DESSERTS May be the Best… (Maybe Not) All of our desserts are made from scratch, a labor of love that starts at 5:00am daily (with the candles burning). We open our safe to our secret recipes and we begin... Watch for our many home made dessert specials - Crème Brule, Hot Apple Cobbler Ala Mode, Peanut Butter Landslide, Death by Chocolate... For the next 10 years, we will share our secret recipes for your pleasure. KEY LIME PIE·························· $5.00 First our crust, then the juice of 50 mini Key Limes and Lime Zest, Eggs, Sweet Milk & Whip Cream. (Aunt Margie) “Tony… you just gave the secret recipe away…” Ooops!
HOME MADE CHEESECAKE ········ $5.00 Add the topping of your choice-Strawberry or Blueberry and Whip Cream.
APPLE CHEESECAKE ················· $5.00 We even cook our own apples on this one...under the Cheese Cake with Apple Cider.
OLD FASHIONED FRENCHTOWN HOT FUDGE SUNDAY ················· $4.00 Chocolate or Vanilla with Hot Fudge, Nuts & Whip Cream and topped with a Cherry. From the Frenchtown Malt Shoppe~1969.
GENERAL CUSTER’S ICE CREAM FLOAT ····················· $4.00 2 Scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream in a Mason/Dixon jar with Root Beer or Orange Crush. I was told that General Custer developed this dessert for himself in Frenchtown. “I could be wrong...”
JEREMY’S COOKIE SANDWICH ······ $5.00 I’m not sure here? Something about half baked Chocolate Chip Cookies with lots of Ice Cream. I hope he knows what he is doing!
Catering for Any Occasion! Lunch Box to Bow Tie Events…
Ribs • Prime Rib • Fresh Chicken • Steaks • Pasta & More! Before Leaving New York, I grabbed 1 suite case- it had my catering ideas in it & 3 pairs of socks… 1559 N. Telegraph • Monroe, Michigan 48162
734-241-1110 · 734-241-2114 (FAX) Mon. thru Sat. 10am - 10pm - Sunday 1pm - 9pm Gift Certificates Available—Ask your server!
Published on May 11, 2011
So the saga begins here in Frenchtown, Michigan, 2011. The last thing I remember I was in Livonia Michigan 1979. The fog started to lift. My...