It’s been years since I dined at Tom’s Oyster Bar, so when I heard they hired Executive Chef Norman Fenton (who redid the entire menu) I thought it was time to give this place another visit and try their new dishes. To say we were impressed is an understatement, the menu options far exceeded your “typical” seafood dishes and were anything but ordinary!
Tom’s Oyster Bar is located at 318 S Main St, Royal Oak, MI 48067. The restaurant is situated in the center of downtown Royal Oak. There is paid street parking surrounding and there are also several parking lots nearby.
The price point at this restaurant is very reasonable for the caliber of seafood served. We chatted with the chef while dinning and he was very passionate about how “choosey” they are about where they get their seafood and how they store it to maintain freshness. It is something that you can definitely notice – everything is FRESH, FRESH, FRESH! The dishes range from $5-$15 for appetizers and the main dishes are $15-$35. The crab boil was my personal favorite. it’s packed with Alaskan king crab, corn, potatoes, shrimp and seasoned to perfection!
The vibe is exactly what you want it to be at a seafood restaurant. Charming checkered table clothes, cozy and relaxed atmosphere and friendly servers all around. If you want a real treat, sit at the bar and order a Spanish Coffee from Frank the bartender. Prepare to be amazed!
Having a line of beers in front of me always does the trick, but to say that Ale Mary’s is just a place to go for good beer is a complete understatement. This cozy Ale House is leading the influx of spots for craft brew with it’s delicious dishes!
316 S. Main Street Downtown Royal Oak, MI 48067
Served in a cute mini fry basket with smoked tomato chutney, the Beer Battered Cheese Curds (8) were the perfect match for our line of beers. We had to try the Beer Cheese Burger (13) served with beer battered fries. The beer cheese added so much flavor and created an interesting tasting experience. Based on our yummy choices that night, we cannot wait to work our way through the remainder of the menu! As for the BEER (seeing a trend here), we did two flights and told the bartender to surprise us making for a laid back beer tasting.
Bistro 82‘s new 5-course tasting menu will be available to guests every Wednesday evening, beginning this week on November 11th. The tasting menu costs $50 per person, and guests can add a 3-course wine pairing for an additional $25.
Take a look below to check out the specially curated menu with favorites by Chef Derik Watson, and Assistant GM, Matthew Hollander, who is also a level one sommelier. We are thrilled to see one of our absolute favorite dishes, Roasted Cobia, as the third course, but let’s be honest, everything looks amazing!
Wine & Dine on Wednesday evenings at Bistro 82.
It’s no secret that we are big fans of Bistro 82… read all of our past posts here!
As warm weather begins to bring back the hustle & bustle to the streets of Royal Oak, Bistro 82’s Brunch will also return. Starting this Sunday, May 31st from 10:30am – 3:30pm, they will serve up an upscale menu with some creative options. Ranging in price from $8 for a “Quinoa” Oatmeal to $19 for Steak & Eggs, they have sweet & savory options to meet the brunching needs of all. View menu here.
Perfect spot to spend your Sunday
Bistro 82 will offer Brunch until Labor Day. If Brunch isn’t your thing, they are also open on Sunday from 3:00pm – 5:00pm for Happy Hour & 5:00pm – 9:00pm for Dinner service.
Our monthly Mitt Roundup is here! In this video, we talk about the four things we are obsessed with this month at Inn Season Cafe, Coach Insignia, Detroit Tough and Bistro 82.
Don’t forget, every month we will be rounding up our favorite Michigan based businesses and letting you know what’s going on around our state. Thanks for joining us on our journey as we eat, drink, shop and volunteer our way through the Mitt.
Last time we wrote about Bistro 82 we told you alllllll about their amazing happy hour. In that same post, we promised to fill you in on their dinner menu and The Chicks don’t like to disappoint. So without further ado – let’s chat about the incredible dinning experience we had at Bistro 82 – it’s now obvious why this place was named Best New Restaurant by the Detroit Free Press.
The Grand Shellfish Tower.
If you chose Bistro 82 as your restaurant of choice Wednesday night, you were pleasantly surprised to find yourself leaving with your wallet just as full as your stomach. To celebrate their 1st Anniversary, owner, Aaron Belen, picked up everyone’s dinner & drink tab and donated the grand total of $5,182.19 to the Boys & Girls Club of Royal Oak.
“This is our way of thanking the community for supporting us so incredibly over the last year,” said Belen, owner of Bistro 82. “To give back on a local level is important to everyone at AFB Hospitality Group, and this donation to the Boys & Girls Club of Royal Oak will help to continue the organization’s mission to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.”
No wonder Detroit Free Press recently named them as Detroit’s Best New Restaurant No.2. We won’t be surprised when they continue to find themselves at the top, after all, we did declare them best Happy Hour in our “A Few of our Favorite Things: 2014” series.
Delicious food. Gorgeous ambiance. Giving spirit.
Check out our past write up here.
To say I had doubts when my husband suggested that we go to a vegan/vegetarian restaurant on a Friday night would be an understatement. But per my Chick in the Mitt commitment to try new places for our readers – I agreed and got ready to have a salad for dinner.
When we pulled up to Inn Season Cafe there was a line OUT THE DOOR. We headed in to put our name on the list and we were told it would be an hour wait. My interest was peaked…who waits an hour for a salad? Now, I HAD to check it out. Finally, our name was called, we were seated and what we experienced next was OUT. OF. THIS. WORLD.
Inn Season Cafe.
Who doesn’t love delicious cocktails and appetizers at a discounted price after a hard day’s work? We can honestly say it’s our favorite time of day! That’s why we HAD to share a list of the best places to enjoy happy hour in 2014. (more…)
The holidays will be here in the blink of an eye and if you’re like us, you still have some shopping to do. We at Chick in the Mitt have a passion for our state and love all the different Michgian-made products available…but we know they are sometimes hard to find. So to make it easy for ya we compiled a list of our favorite local places where you can finish up that shopping list! We encourage you to shop local this holiday season to support our state and keep Michigan businesses thriving.