From eight to 11
A short listing of restaurants in Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge and Royal Oak
Published: September 7, 2011
Green Lantern Lounge 4326 Rochester Rd.; 248-298-3005; greeenlanternlounge.com; $: The price structure here and throughout the menu is quite reasonable, and, best of all, they use the pepperoni that curl up into little "grease cups."
The Inn Place 917 N. Main St.; 248-547-6051; theinnplace.net; $$: Neighborhood bar offers a modest menu of classic bar fare. They start serving breakfast and Bloody Marys at 7 a.m. Monday-Saturday, at noon Sundays.
Inn Season Café 500 E. Fourth St.; 248-547-7916; theinnseasoncafe.com; $$: Fine, organic ingredients have always been this vegan and vegetarian restaurant's hallmark. Serving local, organic, house-made fare that can seemingly accommodate every diet, gluten-free, vegan, kosher, etc.
Katana Nu-Asian Steakhouse 111 S. Main St.; 248-591-9900; $$$: Katana offers the fine art of teppanyaki, or grilling. Expect to pay extra for this dinner-and-a-show, or take the booths and tables for those who prefer the bistro and sushi menu.
Leo's Coney Island 110 S. Main St.; 248-336-8093; leosconeyisland.com; $: Chances are that if you're walking out of a bar in metro Detroit, there's a Leo's location within striking distance. They're all classics.
Lily's Seafood 410 S. Washington Ave.; 248-591-5459; lilysseafood.com; $$: Stunning interior, friendly service and a kitchen that believes homemade is best, down to the house-made root beer, cream soda and four varieties of house-made beer.
Lockhart's BBQ 202 E. Third St.; 248-584-2227; lockhartsbbq.com; $$: In Lockhart's stainless-steel open kitchen, they turn out reasonably priced, hefty portions, with appetizers averaging around $8, sandwiches with one side around $9 and barbecue plates with two sides around $13.
Mezza Mediterranean Grille 212 Fifth Ave.; 248-414-7000; mezzagrille.com $$; Mezza has all the usual classics at bargain prices, and with larger than usual servings.
Motimahal 411 S. Washington Ave.; 248-298-3198; $$: Indian curries get a variety of treatments: biryani, korma, balti, rogan and tandoori, to name a few. Plenty of vegetarian and vegan dishes, most "mild"or "very mild" kormas. Entrées tend to the rich side (lots of ghee?). Lunch buffet seven days a week.
Monterrey Cantina 312 S. Main St.; 248-545-1940; $$: Young, friendly staff, big portions, colorful setting, serving burritos, quesadillas, tacos and enchiladas and some fun drinks, such as the "Iguana" margarita.
Mr. B's Pub 215 S. Main St.; 248-399-0017; mrbspub.com; $$: A mix of restaurant, bar and dance spot, its hearty bar fare embraces zesty apps, burgers, Mexican-style choices, sandwiches, ribs and more.
Mt. Chalet 32955 Woodward Ave.; 248-549-2929; $$: It's both a full-service restaurant with pretensions of culinary respectability and a boisterous watering hole with sports featured round-the-clock on multiple screens.
National Coney Island 1812 N. Main St.; 248-398-6111; nationalconeyisland.com; $: Year after year, Metro Times readers name National the best coney chain, and with good reason. You simply can't expand to more than 20 locations without upholding standards of quality. See website for a spot near you, from Clawson to Waterford; many even offer beer and wine.
Noodles & Company 470 S. Main St.; 248-548-7700; noodles.com; $: Noodles & Company's fast food is made with fresh vegetables and organic tofu. The menu is internationally inspired, and includes specialties from China, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, Russia and, of course, Italy. See website for numerous locations in southeast Michigan.
Oak City Grille 212 W. Sixth St.; 248-556-0947; oakcitygrille.com $$$: Menu spills over with filet mignon, peppercorn sirloin and pecan-encrusted trout at reasonable prices. Live music most nights.
O'Tooles 205 W. Fifth Ave.; 248-591-9226; otoolesbars.com; $$: Irish-accented sports bar serves daily entrée specials, house-made soups and, of course, corned beef sandwiches. Decked out with HD plasmas everywhere you look.
Oxford Inn 1214 S. Main St.; 248-543-5619; oxfordinnroyaloak.com; $$$: English-style pub and restaurant serves steaks, seafood, pastas and ribs, along with an extensive wine list. Garden patio beckons in fair weather.
Pasquale's 31555 Woodward Ave.; 248-549-4002; pasqualesrestaurant.com; $$: Try "Brown's special," and it's loaded with cheese, pepperoni, bacon, ham, onions, green peppers, green and black olives, and mushrooms, $12.40 for a small, $15.90 for a medium and $20.20 for a large.
Pizzallica 121 E. 13 Mile Rd.; 248-733-1111; pizzallica.com; $$: Self-described as making "platinum-selling pizza," as well as subs and salads, the Pizzallica folks offer take-out and delivery until 3 a.m. most nights, midnight on Sundays.
Pronto! Royal Oak 608 S. Washington Ave.; 248-544-7900; prontorestaurant.com; $: If you want to avoid the pricey, overcrowded Main Street restaurants, go to Pronto. Brightly colored walls, a lively feel, a creative and fun sandwich menu and sidewalk seating in the summertime.
Red Coat Tavern 31542 Woodward Ave.; 248-549-0300; $$: Red Coat offers its famous hearty half-pound hamburger with sides like chicken tenders and onion rings, alongside its signature salad featuring Port-poached pear and a Stilton-hazelnut terrine. The Red Coat has been around for over 40 years and it's the place where the upscale chefs of Royal Oak go after work to get a burger.
The Rock on 3rd 112 E, Third St.; 248-542-7625; $$: American bar fare, from salads to "lava wings" to sandwiches, subs and pasta. Extensive beer selection comprises more than 100 brews that span the globe.
Ronin 326 W. Fourth St.; 248-546-0888; roninsushi.com; $$$: In a stylish setting, bandana-clad sushi chefs vigorously chop and slice at the sushi bar turning out first-rate sushi and sashimi, but entrées include fish, fowl and beef. Six beers on tap, including Kirin Ichiban, and a well-stocked sake bar.
Sangria 401 S. Lafayette Ave.; 248-543-1964; sangriaroyaloak.com; $$: The featured dishes, tapas and paella, require a leisurely schedule. With a pitcher of sangria and a good friend, you have the ingredients for an enjoyable evening.
Tokyo Sushi & Grill 315 S. Center St.; 248-284-0165; $$: Offers more than 100 items just in the "rolls" category. For those who fear the raw, there are plenty of tempura items in the rolls, or the whole roll can be deep-fried. Hot appetizers are also done well.
Tom's Oyster Bar 318 S. Main St.; 248-541-1186; tomsoysterbar.com; $$: Right across from the RenCen, noisy and cheerful at lunchtime and after work, Tom's gives a very convincing impression of a well-preserved 19th century pub.
Town Tavern 116 W. Fourth St.; 248-544-7300; towntavernroyaloak.com; $$: Elegant (mohair booths and bentwood chairs) 21st century bistro. Grazers can easily make a hearty meal of the "bar-plate" appetizers. Bustling, noisy, with a train passing through the heart of downtown Royal Oak a block away now and then.
Tong Thai'd 32166 Woodward Ave.; 248-549-4112; $: Tong Thai'd serves authentic, fine Thai cuisine: spring rolls so good, they often sell out after lunch, Thai flavored beef jerky with sticky rice and a variety of fried rice, noodles and curry dishes. Unreasonably low prices but narrow dinning area. Closed Sundays.
Vinotecca 417 S. Main St.; 248-544-6256; vinotecca.com; $$: Patrons can learn from knowledgeable waiters, and they can relax as much as their party's designated-driver policy will allow. Eclectic wine list is well-balanced among vineyards around the globe. The restaurant opens at 4 p.m. every day.
Vinsetta Grill 28028 Woodward Ave.; 248-543-2626; vinsettagrill.com; $$: Build your own burger of beef, turkey or veggie with a dazzling array of choices. The perfect accompaniment would be the grill's signature French fried sweet potatoes, cooked without trans fats.
What Crêpe? 317 S. Washington Ave.; 248-629-9391; whatcrepe.com; $: Another crêpe spot? We can dig it. The little French food pocket is a hit because it's all fresh, it cooks in a flash, and it doesn't break the bank. And What Crêpe? has 50 to choose from.
Woody's Diner 208 W. Fifth Ave., Royal Oak; 248-543-6911; woodysdiner.com; $$: Part restaurant, part sports bar, part dance venue, the menu has apps, soups, salads, wraps, sandwiches, burgers and entrées ranging from beef tips to Hawaiian chicken to tortellini.
Zumba Mexican Grille 121 N. Main St.; 248-542-1400; zumbagrille.com; $: Modeled after taco stands popular in the Southwest. The entrées are familiar: burritos, tacos, quesadillas and tacons. But you get your choices of meats and toppings as it's built, then eat in or take out.
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