DTW - Oakland County recs for out of towners
My parents (60s) and brother (30) are coming from buffalo for the weekend after easter. I haven't been out to many places other than chains since moving here three years ago so I'm looking for some suggestions.
They are coming for four days so I'm looking for lunch and dinner suggestions (or feedback) that are pretty close by (Auburn Hills/Great Lakes Crossing) for at least two of those days. I'm not looking for anything fancy but good non-chain restaurants that don't necessarily have to serve alcohol.
Here is what I've come up with..
Friday - Clarkston area
Lunch - Uncle Peter's Pasties (want to try something Michigan)
//independence oaks park
Dinner - Union Woodshop (i've heard was really good, can order bbq)
Saturday - Hamtramck/Detroit/Royal Oak
Lunch - Polish Village Cafe or Polonia (something polish) or Wawel in Troy?
//eastern market, riverwalk, belle isle (will do Tigers game and Slow's in the summer)
Dinner - Cafe Habana or Sangria (something latin or good in RO) Bastone?
//rodrigo y gabriella concert in royal oak
Sunday - A.H./Lake Orion/Oxford?/Rochester?
Lunch - Brunch at home or something with a good brunch not too far from Auburn Hills. I like Zoe's House of Pancakes in Bloomfield Hills but that might be too far.
Dinner - Sagebrush Cantina (i've been here) or other suggestions within 15 mins of the palace. they've been to Red Ox and Rochester Mills Brewery. (no to Post Bar or Hoops)
Monday - ??
Lunch - anywhere
//not sure, might take them to frankenmuth or ann arbor/plymouth or dearborn depending on what we want to do.
Dinner - either Fuji Buffet (Madison Heights) or Korean BBQ (Shilla in Troy)
I've been to both these places and would go back to either. Looking for something asian but with a little variety (buffets) or something unique like how they prepare the food on your table (korean bbq), not interested in the expensive Benihanas.
La Saj in Sterling Hts just off M59 is quite good. http://www.lasaj.com/
Be sure to option up for the tabbouli salad.
Ollie's in Sterling Hts is another good option (33355 Van Dyke Ave). Both are around 17 minutes from Metro Beach or Grosse Pointe (Ollie's anyway) if you wanted to do a pre-meal tour.
Or at Eastern Market, plan on breakfast instead of lunch...either Russell St Deli or corned beef hash at Farmer's Restaurant (one order feeds two people)
In Auburn Hills, Rangoli for lunch if they will eat Indian food. Near the Palace (and I will confess it's been a while since I've been), Palazzo di Bocce offers an interesting dinner experience. But Sagebrush Cantina is a good choice too.
Just for the hell of it, Astoria Bakery in RO after dinner. I like the plain crescent cookies, not much is as good as it looks but it is a crowd pleaser.
If you go to Frankenmuth, unless you're a real fan of the chicken dinner scene, I'd go to the Black Forest Brew Haus (near Bronner's) or maybe Frankenmuth Brewery if it's nice enough to sit on the deck.
re: coney with everything
Palazzo di Bocce is a solid choice.
Uncle Peter's Pasties is so-so. Stick with the pasties, don't order a sandwich.
If you go to the Union Woodshop, be sure to check out the new upstairs hangout while you wait for a table. Also, go across the street to Rudy's Market and get a bag of chips and their in house made salsa for a late night munchie. Good stuff.
Personally, I would skip the Woodshop for BBQ on Friday, and hit Lockharts BBQ in Royal Oak on Saturday instead.
If you want a solid pizza experience, head to Fresco Wood Oven Pizzeria in Rochester. Closed on Sunday though.
I'm not a Wawel fan but I respect opinions of those who enjoy it. Polish Village Cafe is adorable if you can get a seat.
Sangria is alluring but always disappionts. Bastone is bad. Why not Gan's suggestion, or What Crepe, or Antica Pizzeria Felinni? (BYOB)
Sunday - what's that place in Orion-- Blue Ox?
Monday lunch - Ann Arbor, so many choices. (or Dearborn, wow!)
Dinner in Madison Hts means Vietnamese, right?