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DTW: least sucky restaurant in RO

Well, we've all dissed the outdoor food court known as Royal Oak...but what's the best option for a Saturday night dinner before a show at the Royal Oak Music theater? I want to park near the theater, then walk to dinner and since it will actually not be -30 degrees for a change, we can walk a few blocks. There will be six of us

So far, we're considering Lily's Seafood or Oak City Grille (never been to either), Bastone or Tom's Oyster Bar (have been and they're OK)


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  1. Hi, You are familiar with Cafe Muse(yummy short ribs) and also Ronin(I've only been to their good Happy Hour), right?

    1. ANY Tom's Oyster Bar is a non-starter for me.

        1. Thanks, Cafe Muse sounds good! I'll see what the group thinks

          1. I've had bad luck with Lily's, good luck with Muse. Don't know Ronin.

            1. Bistro 82 just opened literally right next door to the theater, and might be one to look at as well. The chef used to be down at Iridescence and originally cooked under Takashi at both Tribute (before it closed) and in Chicago.

              Cafe Muse is a good option, too, though. Some things are better than others there, but the menu is always interesting.

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              1. re: phamburg

                Bistro 82, but I wouldn't want to have to rush off to a concert.

              2. Cafe Muse is also very good. Slightly better for brunch/lunch but I had a really nice dinner there a few weeks ago.

                1. Wait....It's Royal Oak? Oh my. All these years I thought it was actually Royal Joke.
                  I like Lilly's but service can be dismal. I think I'd opt for a coffee and a pastry from Astoria Pastry shop and then head over to Telway for a healthy late night bomb after the show.

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                  1. re: TraderJoe

                    As beautiful as those pastries look at Astoria (and they do! Honest!), to this day, I cannot think of or about that place and not shake my head in disbelief. For all of the pain put into making them look terrific, you'd think they'd take 50% of that effort into making them *taste* terrific.

                    Alas, every time I go there with other people, it's always disappointing. I'll never understand form over function.

                  2. Bastone has pretty damn good burger and I like their hangar steak entree too.