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Wow...Royal Oak, MI Restaurant Week sounds *horrible*!

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boagman Apr 1, 2014 03:58 PM

Having looked through all of the menus posted online, the only one that looks even remotely interesting to me would be Bastone, and considering that the dish that looks most interesting there is hoki, I'm afraid that I won't be all that determined to go.

Seriously: if the menus are going to be this bad (http://rorainfo.com/RORW.html), what's the point of doing a RW at all? It's not as if Royal Oak's restaurants don't already have a pretty lousy reputation...half-hearted "promotions" like this won't help anything.

I mean, wow. That's pretty darned bad.

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    VTB RE: boagman Apr 1, 2014 07:25 PM

    I don't want to pile on, as I'm sure many of the proprietors are hard working folks. ...but I'm certainly not going to disagree with you
    ;-)
    Woody's. Hamlin. Etc.

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      VTB RE: VTB Apr 1, 2014 07:34 PM

      Sorry. I can't resist being a hater.
      Fifth Avenue's menu:
      Appetizer - deep fried green beans
      Main - Michigan Salad
      Dessert - vanilla ice cream
      Price - $25
      Dude to Chick ratio - 3:1

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        boagman RE: VTB Apr 1, 2014 07:38 PM

        Even aside from the venues...the menus are just *atrocious*! The (very) few places that you might think would be able to bring a little something to the table don't even have half-decent menus. I mean, shoot...I can eat better than that up here in Waterford, and that's saying something!

        This is truly an embarrassment to the city.

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          gan911 RE: VTB Apr 2, 2014 10:19 AM

          Hamlin's DINNER MENU - $15

          BAG OF GERMAK PEANUTS

          KIELBASA DOG
          With choice of fries or onion rings

          ICE CREAM SANDWICH

          why didn't i just go to the supermarket? i'd at least get a 4 pack of kielbasa and probably 6 ice cream sandwiches...

          god this stuff sounds awful. couldn't they get the korean friend chicken place in on this?
          a few wings, a bimbim bap, and a drink for 15?

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            boagman RE: gan911 Apr 2, 2014 11:27 AM

            "couldn't they get the korean friend chicken place in on this?
            a few wings, a bimbim bap, and a drink for 15?"

            Oooo, that sounds good, but I'm not familiar with the place. What's it called/where's it at?

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              VTB RE: boagman Apr 2, 2014 01:25 PM

              Gangnam at Main and Catalpa (112).

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          Elyssa RE: boagman Apr 2, 2014 06:35 AM

          We tend to go to all the various Restaurant Weeks and we are skipping this one. I agree---if a restaurant isn't going to put in the effort, why even bother having a Restaurant Week.

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            Elyssa RE: boagman Apr 2, 2014 06:36 AM

            Looking at the menus it seems Bigalora might be the best menu. But they have a lunch deal year-round I believe.

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              HillsofBeverly RE: boagman Apr 2, 2014 07:16 AM

              At least the Cafe Muse dinner should taste good. I don't go there all that often (putting money into a business now more than eating out) but the food is generally better than most of the other establishments (and I can't believe that Woody's, Star Lanes, etc. got in on Restaurant Week - WHY?).

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                VTB RE: HillsofBeverly Apr 2, 2014 08:59 AM

                What kind of business, if I may ask? Food/drink related?

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                  HillsofBeverly RE: VTB Apr 4, 2014 06:46 AM

                  Entirely non-food/drink related, sadly. That's just where the $$ that used to go to fun dining adventures and better wines now goes...

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                  boagman RE: HillsofBeverly Apr 2, 2014 09:15 AM

                  I think that part of the reason they're in there is to pad out the RW, quite frankly. Obviously, Town Tavern and several other places were (wisely) too motivated not to be a part of things, and so it looks like they were willing to take all comers.

                  Honestly: this is just *sad*. I can't believe they're going forward with this. You'd think they'd have *some* shame, or at the very least, taste.

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