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Sep 8, 2011 10:05 AM

Concert at The Palace, Auburn Hills Where to eat?

Seeing a show the 19th at The Palace in Auburn Hills. It will be the second time my wife and I will be having a "date night" since we moved to Michigan - we would like a good meal before the concert. Any suggestions for a place between Plymouth and Auburn Hills? Open to anything really - price and cuisine aren't important.

Rangoli in Auburn Hills got some good reviews on this board, but am not sure my wife wants Indian.

I'm still learning my Michigan geography - Is Union WoodShop in Clarkston or The Root in White Lake too far out of the way? They are both two places I have read about and am interested in trying.


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  1. Union Woodshop in Clarkston wouldn't be too far from The Palace, no, but it is *not* "between Plymouth and Auburn Hills"'d have to continue north up I-75 for approximately 10-11 miles from The Palace exit to reach it. Not sure if that's a deal-breaker for you or not.

    The Woodshop is a place that I've had good luck at as a *single diner*...wait times can be extraordinarily rough if you're Foo Fighters bound, and you're a couple. I'm also thinking that the Woodshop isn't exactly the romantic setting that your wife will be wanting for a date's rather loud, definitely a bar-type setting, and I don't particularly find it conducive to conversation or romance, but that's just me.

    The Root in White Lake is, yes, quite a bit out of your way, *unless* you wanted to leave Plymouth early and take the back roads in (I-275 to M-5 connector, and Haggerty/Union Lake Road all the way up). Still, according to Google Maps, any way you look at it, it's a solid 35 minute trip from The Root in White Lake to The Palace in Auburn Hills. I don't know what, exactly, your time line looks like.

    About The Root: I've only been once, but it seems *far* more "date night-y" than The Woodshop, and the food is more sophisticated (in a good way). The atmosphere is certainly more conducive to conversation and intimacy, the service is very good, and the food I've had impressed. Another plus: The Root takes reservations, whereas Woodshop does not, and Woodshop's waits can just be killer. It's odd...I *like* the Woodshop, and have been several times, but it seems like I'm trying to talk you out of it, but I'm honestly just trying to keep your stated boundaries in mind.

    Lelli's in Auburn Hills might be a good idea as well, but I'm not sure if that's appealing to you and your wife or not.

    I suppose "date night" means different things to different people. Can you elaborate on that?

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    1. re: boagman

      Union Woodshop? Before a Palace event? I suggest, not. They don't tend to do well when
      it comes to predicting how-long until seated and served. The staff/service can be erratic.
      The food? Use the search function ... I think "erratic" is a fair description.

      Lelli's is fine dining. They understand the concept of a reservation and needing to get to
      the Palace at a specific time. Not cheap, but they have something for most every budget.

      If you want seafood in a more casual environment, I like Fran O'Briens Crab House.

      If you want BBQ in an even more casual environment, consider Blue Ox BBQ in Lake Orion.

      If you prefer chain food, ALL the usual choices are available near Great Lakes Crossings
      Mall, just north of the Palace.

      1. re: rainsux

        And to add to the "Chains" suggestions, they are plentiful in Auburn Hills as well, which is more on your way if you're coming up I-75, or various high end chains like McCormick & Schmick or Capital Grille in or near Somerset Mall (Big Beaver exit).

        Also a Kruse & Muer near Big Beaver which I'm not familiar with, but might be a nice date-y kind of place

        McCormick & Schmicks
        2850 Coolidge Hwy, Troy, MI 48084

        1. re: coney with everything

          There's also a Kruse and Muer in Lake Orion, about 5 miles N of the Palace on Lapeer Rd.

          1. re: gooddog

            If we're talking chains The Village of Rochester Hills shopping area, at Walton and Adams, has a few nicer places. You could go to yet another Kruse & Muer, Bravo or Mitchel's Fish Market. Then take the back roads into the Palace and maybe avoid some traffic.

      2. re: boagman

        There is also an Alfoccino's nearby. I have not yet dined there, but other 'hounds seem to like
        the operation.

        Alfoccino Restaurant
        2225 N Opdyke Rd, Auburn Hills, MI 48326

        1. re: rainsux

          Second Alfoccino's. It's nothing fancy - but you will get in and out quickly and they are located close to the Palace. Good, basic Italian. Sort of a neighborhood type place. Another idea is to actually have dinner at the Palace. Their restaurant is excellent - but expensive.

          Alfoccino Restaurant
          2225 N Opdyke Rd, Auburn Hills, MI 48326

      3. keep in mind that you will not have much time to eat before the show. word is that the foo fighters are playing three hour sets. so they will be hitting the stage by 8:00pm. with traffic, parking, walking into the palace, security sweep, waiting in line for $8 beers, and finding your seat, you will need to be on lapeer raod at 7:15, assuming that you don't want to see rise against open. there is not a lot of options close to the palace so i would suggest grabbing a burger or sandwich at the post bar across the street (no great shakes) or stopping somewhere close to your house before driving up. i am looking forward to the show.

        the root is way too far west for a palace show. the woodshop is about five miles north/northwest of the palce.

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        1. re: xman887

          The Woodshop is every bit of 10 miles or more by car.

        2. I could recommend the Eurasian Grill. It's at the corner of Haggerty and Pontiac Trail, right near the end of the M5 connector. I haven't been there in a while, but I always thought it was a gem that few knew about.

          The XO Shrimp is wonderful.... comes with mashed potatoes, but a side of the Eurasian Grill fried rice is a real nice pairing.

          Very good lobster ravioli.

          The rack of lamb is always great too.

          Very good wine list.

          Should be less than 30 minutes driving time to The Palace.

          They open at 4:30, and since you would be there early in the evening, you'll be able to move dinner along if you need to.


          Eurasian Grill
          4771 Haggerty Rd, West Bloomfield, MI 48323

          2 Replies
          1. re: BobRe


            I doubt they get much 'show' traffic. Probably wise to make 100.0% certain that the staff
            understands they are on a deadline.

            1. re: rainsux

              We were there on a Saturday evening a couple of weeks ago at around 6. The place was fairly dead, but the food was good and the service was excellent. I'd like to try their dover sole.