Mom's Birthday Restaurant Recommendation [DTW]
Alright, Detroit 'hounds, I have quite a challenge for you! I'm looking for a restaurant at which to celebrate my mom's birthday, but this is a challenge because:
1) My parents live in Hawaii, and are visiting for a few days around the time of my mom's birthday, so this isn't just a birthday dinner, but also would be nice if it were somewhere to sort of give my parents a good idea/impression of Detroit
2) It should be somewhere nice (i.e. not a family restaurant or coney type place), but not excessively upscale (i.e. Roast, Whitney, Mosaic type places). My parents also aren't the most avante-garde of eaters; they appreciate good food, but wouldn't be into something too trendy or ultra-modern.
3) We're also inviting my in-laws, who are even LESS avante-garde eaters than my parents. They're good ol' meat and potatoes type, perfectly happy eating at the Country Chef every week. They don't really like "ethnic" foods. They also have some mobility issues, so it has to be a restaurant with an adjacent parking lot -- parking a block away won't really work for them.
4) The perfect place would be a Zingerman's Roadhouse. But we're looking for something in the Troy, Royal Oak, Birmingham areas, preferably.
Any suggestions would be very much appreciated!
Modestly speaking, and only because I can't help myself but to vote, I gotta go Picano's here. Sure, some of their dishes are only decent, but others are subtly exquisite. Not a great value, but a decent value. Old school suburban Italian American. Supreme for its day, but now eclipsed by fancy Italian gourmet hotspots (Cafe Cortina type places, better known to Rainsux than by me).
Howe's Bayou? In Ferndale in the block north of Nine Mile on Woodward.
Cajun inspired, but easy on the palate.
Always been an easy to enjoy dining experience for us.
My parents really like O'Mara's in Berkley (mentioned earlier by RS) , which I think would meet all of your qualifiers. I haven't been there myself.
As for Beverly Hills Grill, I'm not a big fan, but I do seem to be in the minority on that one. They've been in business for quite some time, but I find it overpriced and ho-hum at best. Nothing at all exceptional, food-wise, but maybe for the crowd you're speaking of, that's fine. *Lots* of people seem to like the place quite a bit.
Thanks, everyone, for the suggestions. I think Beverly Hills Grille might be about the best option for us. O'mara's and Sweet Lorraine's are a little too casual for this occasion, but BHG is just "fancy" enough. Thanks for the help!