A world of dining choices in Royal Oak
It’s no ‘joke’
Published: April 3, 2013
Al’s Famous Deli 32906 Woodward Ave.; 248-549-3663; alsfamousdeli.com; $: Local deli for locavores, buying and selling only Michigan-based products, including corned beef, pickles, breads, rolls, chips and more.
Andiamo 129 S. Main St.; 248-582-9300; andiamoitalia.com; $$: Unquestioned master of the Best Italian Chain category in our annual readers’ poll, the many iterations of Andiamo’s are part of an Italian chain, all right, but they have different styles and menus. In the Royal Oak kitchen, Stephen J. Kuclo Jr. has helped add a few specialties to the menu of old reliables.
Antica Pizzeria Fellini 415 S. Washington Ave.; 248-547-2751; $$: A massive wood-burning oven cooks pies to perfection. Each pizza is made with fresh ingredients imported from Italy.
Bastone 419 S. Main St.; 248-544-6250; bastone.net; $$: Belgian brewpub is unpretentious, quirky and interesting, with fare heavily influenced by Germany and France.
Beirut Palace 105 S. Main St.; 248-399-4600; $: Just across the street from the Main Art Theatre, Beirut makes a great start to a night at the movies. All food is very fresh, and they make a great Turkish coffee.
BlackFinn 530 S. Main St.; 248-582-9460; blackfinnroyaloak.com; $$: Referred to instead as “an American saloon,” the sprawling, boisterous lounge has great standards, including steaks, but also hosts a lively singles scene. The 25-bottle wine list has some bargains.
Cacao Tree Café 204 W. Fourth St.; 248-336-9043; www.cacaotreecafe.com; $: Mostly vegan, organic fare. Great for those with allergies. Head chef Zach Lang says many customers work in the neighborhood and just want to get one healthy meal a day. The desserts are on point, especially with the mango cheesecake.
Cafe Muse 418 S. Washington Ave.; 248-544-4749; cafemuseroyaloak.com; $$: You won’t find “omelets” on the menu, as the kitchen has chosen to serve scrambled eggs instead, and ingredients can include truffle oil, Boursin cheese and shredded basil.
Camelia’s Mexican Grill 1304 E. 11 Mile Rd.; 248-544-8900; cameliasmexicangrill.com; $$: Mexican food made from fresh ingredients, with a wide gamut of heat levels. Not just tacos, fajitas and burritos, but steaks, sandwiches and even some vegetarian choices.
Cantina Diablo’s 100 S. Main St.; 248-543-4300; $$: Expect Tex-Mex fare, tequila-laden drinks and ice-cold beer.
Chicken Shack 1320 E. 11 Mile Rd.; 248-541-5100; chickenshack.com; $: Since starting in Royal Oak in 1956, Chicken Shack has been selling “broasted” chicken, pressure cooking birds in their own juices. It’s been wildly successful, with 18 locations listed at its website.
Comet Burgers 207 S. Main St.; 248-414-4567; $: Quirky decor includes pink vinyl, stainless steel chairs, Formica tabletops and album covers on the walls. The sliders and malts are worth the trip.
D’Amato’s 222 S. Sherman Dr.; 248-584-7400; damatos.com; $$: Neighborhood Italian joint has eclectic and “from scratch” fare. Plenty of beef, chicken and seafood entrées, and 30 glasses and 60 bottles of wine to wash them down. Connected to the Goodnight Gracie martini bar.
Falaffel King 32748 Woodward Ave.; 248-554-9881; falaffelking.us; $: Inexpensive Middle Eastern standards served in a plain, tiny storefront that can accommodate 10 diners at the narrow counters along the walls and windows.
Five15 515 S. Washington Ave.; 248-515-2551; five15.net; $: Short menu of coffee drinks, books and magazines, and live entertainment, including “drag queen bingo” on Fridays and Saturdays.
Gemmayze 310 S. Main St.; 248-399-4900; gemmayzemichigan.com; $$: Standouts include the orange-glazed beef tenderloin kabobs at this Middle Eastern-themed joint. Try the lamb shank osso buco.
Green Lantern Lounge 4326 Rochester Rd.; 248-298-3005; greenlanternlounge.com; $: The price structure here and throughout the menu is quite reasonable, and, best of all, they use the pepperoni that curl up into little “grease cups.”
Inn Season Café 500 E. Fourth St.; 248-547-7916; theinnseasoncafe.com; $$: Fine, organic ingredients have always been this vegetarian restaurant’s hallmark, but the health food nature of the cooking has been eclipsed; now you are eating vegetarian haute cuisine.
Katana Nu-Asian Steakhouse 111 S. Main St.; 248-591-9900; katananuasiansteakhouse.com; $$$: Katana offers the fine art of teppanyaki, or grilling. Expect to pay extra for this dinner-and-a-show, or take the booths and tables for those who prefer the bistro and sushi menu.
Leo’s Coney Island 110 S. Main St.; 248-336-8093; leosconeyisland.com; $: Chances are that if you’re walking out of a bar in metro Detroit, there’s a Leo’s location within striking distance. They’re all classics.
Lily’s Seafood 410 S. Washington Ave.; 248-591-5459; lilysseafood.com; $$: 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.; 248-584-4227; lockhartsbbq.com; $$: In Lockhart’s stainless-steel open kitchen, they turn out reasonably priced, hefty portions, with appetizers averaging around $8, sandwiches with one side around $9 and barbecue plates with two sides around $13.
Maria’s of Royal Oak 112 Catalpa Dr.; 248-439-6645; $$: Hand-tossed round pizza and more than a dozen pasta dishes, Maria’s is a restaurant reborn – a concept derived 30 years ago by owner Buddy Orlando’s parents that he has revived.
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