Cruising along Main Street, you will find numerous places to hang out. Whatever your taste is, you're sure to find it here, whether it be Mexican, Mongolian stir fry, Italian, Cajun, tavern fare or just a cup of coffee and a bagel or scone.
Live music is common among the different night spots here, as well as multiple TVs to watch "the game."
You can also venture away from Main Street, towards Washington Ave. where there are yet more blocks of shops, bars and restaurants.
30776 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48073
Good for: Solo
This was a wonderful little restaurant. The front walls were french doors open to the street and were the popular seats. We stopped there for appetizers and a drink. Reasonably priced, the food was very good and it had a nice, relaxing atmosphere.
Favorite Dish: We ordered a roasted red pepper filled with a delightful goat cheese sprinkled with parmesan cheese served with pita bread triangles.
With it I had a house salad and a Sam Adams. My date had a beer and a White Russian. Total bill was $22.03 (includes a 6% sales tax)
The Royal Oak Brewery has some of the best food in town. I don't think I've had a bad meal there yet. The beer is pretty good to - Pappy's Porch Sippin Porter is a favorite of mine. The place is pretty loud, so unless you're sitting directly next to or across from someone, don't oplan on talking to them. In the summer there is a small outdoor "biergarten" which isn't quite as noisy.
Favorite Dish: The Jambalaya!
this is a unique experience for those who have never tried. this is also a chain in southeast Michigan, where you make your own stir fry out of raw meats, seafoods and veggies and they cook it in front of you. they also have a fully stocked bar and a delicious dessert menu.
Favorite Dish: Since this is a create your own stir fry, it's hard to recommend anything specific. However, the servers can give you some ideas if you aren't sure on the sauces and spices and remember, any spice that begins with a "C" is going to be hot and spicy!!!
Since there are so many places to hang out in R.O. it is easier to name them here. For live music and to just to sit and chill, I recommend 5th Avenue, Rumors (with an indoor/outdoor deck) or Memphis Smoke. For dancing, you will want to try O'Tooles or Woody's, which has 3 floors of different tunes (the 3rd floor is a rooftop deck outside and the crowd is fairly young). For food, pool, darts and TV's I suggest Mr. B's (however the crowd there is fairly young). If a more upscale and "grown up" place is what you prefer, try Goodnite Gracie's which is a pricey and upscale martini lounge, or Sky Club above the Sangria restaurant (this is DJ and dancing with couches).
Fondest memory: The Royal Oak music theater, back when they made it a dance hall on Saturday nights. Those were the days. Now and then they will hold concerts in here but for the most part due to liquor law and gambling violations, the theater has been closed down.