Stage Deli: The place to have a nosh
Looking for a place to have great food and a good time? OU News Bureau reporters have visited some distinctive eateries in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties to learn more about what these places have to offer. Reporter Erin Ben-Moche visited Stage Deli in West Bloomfield, Michigan, and spoke with the general manager, Christine Feasel.
Tell me about the history of this place.
The original location was on Nine Mile and Coolidge (in Oak Park) but the Goldberg family, Jack and Harriet, brought it to West Bloomfield and has been around for over 50 years. It has a huge Jewish influence and Jewish-inspired foods. The deli was named Stage Deli because it was the place you could find all the movie stars of the time having a nosh. It has been redone since then and had a location change but even though Mr. Goldberg died, Stage still lives. We are very family oriented. When Jack died, his son, Steven, took over and he has been running it ever since.
Describe what it offers patrons.
This place offers great food, great atmosphere and great trust and loyalty. Three or four generations of families come here to eat our food.
Why would someone want to come here?
They come for many different reasons. The food appeals to everyone and menu is so large that you could come here every day for a year and never eat the same thing twice. The style here is so unique. All the stars on the wall are classic Hollywood names and they are all at least 10 percent Jewish.
What do you do that’s different from other places like this?
We are more than just a deli besides the traditional standards. We have items on the menu that you wouldn’t normally see in a deli. Everyone can eat here and enjoy at least one thing on the menu. I consider these people extended family. We know everybody’s names. We know that Joey wants the soup and his dad wants the Reuben. I can’t go to a regular deli anymore because it just isn’t the same as going to Stage.
What’s the one thing everyone should order here?
I think our most famous is the corn beef sandwich and cabbage. Although, Matzah Ball Soup is a classic. My personal favorite item on the menu is the Fantasia. Most of our menu items are named after movies or Hollywood stars.
How many people work here?
We staff around 45 to 50 staff members and we are all a family. We lean on each other and make sure nobody ever feels overwhelmed. I’ve been here for 32 years and I know more about the Jewish faith than my own. The Goldberg family not only cares about their customers but their staff.
What does the future hold for this place?
I hope we continue serving the community and hope to branch out to communities that need us.
We are very lucky that we have clients that support us in the way that they consistently do. There aren’t any good corporate delis in the United States and it is because they are the most successful when they are mom-and-pop shops who really care about the quality and details.
The Stage Deli is at 6873 Orchard Lake Road on The Boardwalk in West Bloomfield, Michigan. (248) 855-6622.
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