HOME > Chowhound > Great Lakes >

Discussion

Bastone Oktoberfest (Royal Oak) [DTW]

  • v

Arghhh. Anybody know of a decent “Oktoberfest” in the area? I went to Bastone last night, still wanting to like the place, and coming away underwhelmed yet again. Great space, and very enjoyable beer and people watching. From the Octoberfest menu we had the sauerbraten (barely edible especially considering the $17 mp) and the jaeger schnitzel (edible). The restaurant businessmen group which owns Bastone and other businesses surely know more about food than do I; unfortunately, they seem to have calculated that better-than-passable food fails to meet their business case threshold. I’m a sucker so I’ll probably eventually be back to give these guys more money. Shame on me.

-----
Bastone
419 S Main St, Royal Oak, MI 48067

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. "I’m a sucker so I’ll probably eventually be back to give these guys more money. Shame on me."

    But *why*? I mean, if you've been this many times now, dude: it's not going to improve. I fail to see the point in expecting something different by repeating the same behavior. It's the very definition of insanity. If you're going, grab a beer, and tell them *why* you're unwilling to pony up for anything else. Then, stick to your bloody guns, man.

    They don't get better treatment just because they're local, or at least, they shouldn't.

    1. I do like the fries at Bastone.

      Last weekend the Carpathia Club had their Octoberfest - that is one I would put on your calendar for next year (based on many of my colleagues recommendations).

      Rochester Mills has or had an Octoberfest - it might have been last weekend too. I've never been, nor do I know anyone who has.

      Clarkston Union has their Octoberfest Saturday night. Go very early (like lunch), or you'll be walking into a drunken beer tent that is out of control. But if you like polka, then by all means go late.

      -----
      Bastone
      419 S Main St, Royal Oak, MI 48067

      4 Replies
      1. re: Markcron

        roch mills' fest is this weekend. they put it in a giant big-top tent behind the place. you buy tickets for food and beer. their october beer is pretty good and they always have their pilsner and maybe a third. they serve a limited amount of german food. there is a band, dancing, lots of tables for sitting. out back they have a few bouncy things, pony rides, and a small petting zoo for kids. i usually go every year, but more for the beer & atmosphere than for the food.

        1. re: xman887

          Cool Markcron and xman887. Thank you for the ideas. The more I think about it, maybe I'm less about the atmosphere and more about the food--which I know is wholly contradictory to the spirit of Oktoberfest in the first place...

          (PS--Sir Boagman, I just can't help myself)

          1. re: VTB

            any thoughts about checking out the Tashmoo Biergarten, VTB?

            -----
            Biergarten
            22184 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48124

            1. re: coney with everything

              This Tashmoo Biergarten seems right up the alley so to speak. I think I'm in for 2 Oct.

              Link to article http://www.modeldmedia.com/devnews/ta...

              -----
              Biergarten
              22184 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48124

      2. I just got an email from Ashley's in Westland, they are having an Oktoberfest. The beer should be good. I can't comment on the Oktoberfest food, but the rest of their grub is average pub fare, except for the mussell's which I really enjoy.

        It's not local, and the time has passed, but the German American Fest in Toledo is a great way to spend the afternoon. Good food, beer, dancing, and people watching in an outdoor, parklike setting.

        1. The Dakot Inn Rathskeller in Detroit has an AMAZING Oktoberfest celebration. Always enjoy our time there...

          1. Have you considered the Octoberfest meals at the Holly Hotel? (Oct 7-9)
            Their website mentions:

            "a FEW items we are "testing" right now include:
            · Bratwurst & Wild Boar Sausage German
            Cheeses & Zwieback · Sautéed Bay Scallops
            with Savoy Cabbage and Apricot Mustard ·
            · German Lentil "Linsensuppe" · German Potato
            Salad with Bacon Vinegar Dressing and Dill ·
            Roasted Pork Loin Roulade, Sweet Apple
            Chutney · Riesling-Braised Chicken, Kale,
            Garlic, Shallots, and Capers · Seared Duck
            Breast, Spätzle and Mustard Greens · German
            Black Bread, Caraway Butter · Cheddar Biscuits
            · Holly Hotel Cheesecake, Gingersnap Crust ·
            Classic Black Forest Cake...and MORE!"

            1. Dakota Inn should be pretty authentic! I have been dying to go. Are you looking for good food, beer or entertainment?

              1 Reply
              1. re: christyar

                Thanks again everybody--rainsux, christyar, Q2C, Wooderson, CwE, + +, for all the new good ideas. If I don't get to some of them this year, I'll be sure to hit them next year.
                PS--I think there's even the Oktoberfest annual event today at Kuhnhenn Brewery. I had some great times there in years past, with smoked pork shanks, etc., but it has gotten a little to big and crazy for my nerves, these days.

              2. this is my recent letter to the owners of bastones...
                Dear Bastones owner/manager,

                I was in bastones for the first time (for food anyways) yesterday evening. What I was served was absolutely abysmal...
                Limp, cold, unsalted, and burnt fries - I assume that you burnt the fries during par-cooking and then let the fries sit too after being fried. The taragon mayo tasted like sysco + slivers of tarragon, and the peppercorn mayo was regular mayo with a dash of cracked pepper on top. Neither was light and ethereal, but rather something that was slapped together and used for the week.
                The margherita pizza my date was served was literally an undercooked pita with a tomato and mozzarella. Not to mention the dry, unflavored outer third of the crust. I bet you guys don't even make your own crust. At least cook the crust until its somewhat crispy...
                I thought your menu looked aspiring and had tons of potential, hence the selection as a restaurant I would like to visit. However, what I witnessed was a lack of respect for basic techniques...I hope that this is a wake up letter to your kitchen to step up their game.

                On the plus side, the service was great with no issues. The beer was pretty good as well.

                sincerely,
                disappointed customer

                Thats what I think of this place...ugh....

                -----
                Bastone
                419 S Main St, Royal Oak, MI 48067

                4 Replies
                1. re: gan911

                  Wow, gan911...thanks for sparing me the trip!

                  1. re: gan911

                    wow is right, maybe they need a visit from gordon ramsey

                    1. re: Markcron

                      I don't think so, Markcron...I was there with friends a few weeks ago and they were PACKED. They can get away with what we find lacking because they are making $$

                      1. re: coney with everything

                        maybe it'll get to the chef and he still has some pride left...