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Aug 15, 2010 05:44 PM

Need suggestions for a restaurant near the Detroit Zoo

I will be heading to the zoo Tuesay. Thinking about hitting a restaurant in the area for dinner. Nothing ethnic bc hubby is a very picky eater (basically meat and potatoes kind of guy). Casual since we will have just come from the zoo. Thanks in advance = D

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  1. Red Coat Tavern

    Great place for burgers and beer!

    Red Coat Tavern
    31542 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48073

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    1. re: JanPrimus

      This would be my rec as well, but I need to add that they do a lot more than just great burgers there. Though the burger is what they're famous for, don't for a minute think that the rest of the menu is any slouch, either.

      Here's the most important thing, though: they are *incredibly* busy/popular, so before you leave the zoo, CALL AHEAD AND GET PUT ON THE SEATING LIST!!!!! Though they don't take reservations, they do allow you to call ahead if you're coming soon, and with wait times often being over an hour at times, you'll be very, *very* glad you did this, as soon as you know you're going to be leaving the zoo.


      1. re: boagman

        Thanks for the warning lol. Along with being picky he's also impatient. Will add the number to my cell.

        1. re: Msviolatordm

          If it's too crowded, I've had good luck at the Oxford Inn on Main St. in Royal Oak -- very close to zoo, solid, straight-ahead American food.

          1. re: Jim M

            If you end up going to the Oxford Inn, though, I'd stick with the ribs. Other menu items there, in my experience, don't seem to measure up.

            1. re: Jim M

              Looks good but thinking more casual. Nothing too fancy. Actually if you know of any good bbq places that would be great. Haven't had good cue in a while.

              1. re: Msviolatordm

                A) It is more casual than it looks in the photo. It's basically a neighborhood-like place with bar. B) I have specifically eaten the ribs there. C) IMO there are some great BBQ places in Oakland County, but they're a hike from the zoo. In that area I'd go to Oxford Inn or Memphis Smoke at that Main/11 corner, which has outdoor seating and is quieter on weekdays.

      2. I like the Vinsetta Grill...not too fussy and we've always had good luck with the food. Service is very good as well.

        Just north of Catalpa (11 1/2 mile) on the east side of Woodward.

        1. Alex's in Berkley (12 Mile & Coolidge) has great family/diner fare -- specials, not fancy but very meat and potatoes if you want. (No liquor license.) Or Amici's right down 12 mile also in Berkley --- lovely outdoor patio, great pizza -- fancy or plain --- nice place to relax with good food and a frosty adult beverage.