A world of dining choices in Royal Oak
It’s no ‘joke’
Published: April 3, 2013
Moti Mahal 411 S. Washington Ave.; 248-298-3198; motimahalroyaloak.com; $$: Plenty of vegetarian and vegan dishes, most “mild” or “very mild” kormas. Entrées tend to the rich side (lots of ghee?), adding warmth to sag muttar paneer — peas and spinach with firm cubes of Indian farmer cheese, quite buttery tasting. Indian curries get a variety of treatments: biryani, korma, balti, rogan and tandoori, to name a few. Lunch buffet for $7.95 seven days a week.
Monterrey Cantina 312 S. Main St.; 248-545-1940; $$: Young, friendly staff; big portions; colorful setting; serving burritos, quesadillas, tacos and enchiladas and some fun drinks, such as the “Iguana” margarita.
Mt. Chalet 32955 Woodward Ave.; 248-549-2929; $$: It’s both a full-service restaurant with pretensions of culinary respectability and a boisterous watering hole with sports featured round-the-clock on multiple screens.
National Coney Island 1812 N. Main St.; 248-398-6111; nationalconeyisland.com; $: Year after year, Metro Times readers name National the best coney chain, and with good reason. You simply can’t expand to more than 20 locations without upholding standards of quality. See website for a spot near you, from Clawson to Waterford; many even offer beer and wine.
Noodles & Company 470 S. Main St.; 248-548-7700; noodles.com; $: Noodles & Company’s fast food is made with fresh vegetables and organic tofu. The menu is internationally inspired, and includes specialties from China, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, Russia and, of course, Italy.
Oak City Grille 212 W. Sixth St.; 248-556-0947; oakcitygrille.com; $$$: Menu spills over with filet mignon, peppercorn sirloin and honey-glazed salmon at reasonable prices. Live music most nights.
Pasquale’s 31555 Woodward Ave.; 248-549-4002; pasqualesrestaurant.com; $$: Try “Brown’s special” — it’s loaded with cheese, pepperoni, bacon, ham, onions, green peppers, green and black olives, and mushrooms, $12.79 for a small, $16.39 for a medium and $20.79 for a large.
Peter’s Restaurant 1307 E. 11 Mile Rd.; 248-543-2773; $: The old Delmar Family Restaurant received a new name and a facelift. Most of the omelets are less than $6, and they’re all classics.
Pizza Paesano 415 S. Washington Ave.; 248-547-2751; pizzapaesanoroyaloak.weebly.com; $: Open late for Royal Oak hanger-outers, Pizza Paesano serves more than pies, including calzones, subs and deli sandwiches.
Pizzeria Biga 711 S. Main St.; 248-544-2442; pizzeriabiga.com; $$: Biga is a pizzeria plus — pizza is the only main course, but Del Signore’s menu includes home-fashioned charcuterie and cheeses, six attractive salads and a handful of small-plates palate-teasers.
Pronto! 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; $$: Red Coat offers its famous hearty half-pound hamburger with sides like chicken tenders and onion rings, alongside its signature salad featuring Port-poached pear and a Stilton-hazelnut terrine. The Red Coat has been around for over 40 years and it’s the place where the upscale chefs of Royal Oak go after work to get a burger.
Ronin 326 W. Fourth St.; 248-546-0888; roninsushi.com; $$$: In a stylish setting, bandana-clad chefs vigorously chop and slice at the bar turning out first-rate sushi and sashimi, but entrées also include fish, fowl and beef. Features a well-stocked sake bar.
Tokyo Sushi & Grill 315 S. Center St.; 248-284-0165; $$: Offers more than 100 items just in the “rolls” category. For those who fear the raw, there are plenty of tempura items in the rolls, or the whole roll can be deep-fried. Hot appetizers are also done well.
Town Tavern 116 W. Fourth St.; 248-544-7300; towntavernroyaloak.com; $$: 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.
Vinotecca 419 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.
Zumba Mexican Grille 304 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. New location is next to the Main Art Theatre for quick grubbing before or after a film.
Special thanks to editorial intern Sydnee Thompson for her assistance compiling this article.
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