Both a treat for the eyes and the palate, dining out in this vibrant city is like embarking on an exciting culinary journey.
While this list showcases some remarkable restaurants, it's important to note there are many other exceptional dining establishments in Royal Oak that are not featured here. Our aim is not just to guide you to popular eateries but to encourage you to venture out and experience the city's diverse culinary landscape for yourself.
KAL's Lunch Bowl
The joy of stumbling upon a true culinary gem is a feeling only a foodie will understand.
One lazy afternoon, I found myself in the arms of such a gem - KAL's Lunch Bowl.
Nestled in the northeast corner of a building on 11 Mile Road, KAL's Lunch Bowl didn't exactly scream out for attention.
But once I walked through those doors, my senses were treated to a feast like none other.
The odd opening times posted on their sign drew me into KAL’s Lunch Bowl.
It hinted at a place that was unique, unafraid to break norms.
So, I parked my car on the west side near the police station and decided to give this place a whirl.
The first thing that struck me was the freshness of everything.
From their salads to the main course, every dish had a burst of flavors that left me wanting more.
The chicken shawarma fries were a revelation, transporting me to another world after a single bite.
It was seriously one of the best dishes I’ve had in Royal Oak.
The salads were enormous and teemed with freshness.
Another dish that captivated my palate was the beef shawarma bowl.
It was served with rice, their house salad, garlic sauce, and pickled turnips.
The dish was as delicious as it looked in the pictures on their website.
And I loved that they served the salad and dressing on the side for carry-out convenience.
Now, I find myself being drawn to KAL’s Lunch Bowl once a week, and each time, the experience is just as delightful as the first.
This place is a hidden treasure in Royal Oak, offering the best Middle Eastern cuisine in Metro Detroit.
It's a little hole in the wall that has stolen my heart and filled me up.
I can’t wait to sink my teeth into another one of their delicious dishes soon.
The first time I stepped into Tania's Pizza was a few minutes past their closing time.
As a lover of pizzas, I've tried my fair share around town, but believe me, the pizza at Tania's stands out.
The slices were generously loaded, and the sauces, oh, those sauces, they were perfection!
It brought out the taste of the pizza so well–the best pizza I've had in a while.
Over time, I've noticed that Tania's Pizza has been hyped up a lot around town.
From the time I walked into Tania's Pizza for the first time till now, the place has grown on me.
They've been serving us since 1987, which speaks volumes about their dedication and service.
It's a basic take-out spot, and I hope it stays that way for years.
After all, simplicity is beautiful.
Royal Oak Masala
It was another Friday evening in our bustling town when my friends and I decided to spice up our dinner plans.
We headed out to Royal Oak Masala, a restaurant in the heart of Royal Oak.
Walking in, we were greeted by a warm and welcoming ambiance.
The aroma of Indian spices wafted through the air, mingling with the hum of soft music playing in the background.
I noticed that the menu was nicely detailed, with marked vegan and gluten-free options - a thoughtful touch that was greatly appreciated, as one of my friends is a vegan.
As we dug into the appetizers - a fusion of spicy and tangy flavors - we couldn't help but marvel at the vast array of choices Royal Oak Masala had.
From aromatic biryanis to creamy curries, it seemed every dish had been crafted to woo the heart and the palate.
Although we were the only diners that evening, the service was slow.
The butter chicken was a delight, rich in flavors, and perfectly cooked.
Royal Oak Masala cooks food that is a tasty indulgence.
It was a memorable night with delicious food and good company that reminded me once again why I love my town.
Princess Grill Royal Oak
Have you ever been craving something different, something bursting with exotic flavors that can transport you straight to the heart of the Mediterranean?
That's when I head straight to the Princess Grill Royal Oak.
Not often do you stumble upon a hidden culinary gem in your town, but that's precisely what happened with Princess Grill for me.
Not only did I discover mouthwatering Mediterranean cuisine priced just right, but I also found a place that values quick service.
The first time I ordered, my meal arrived in just 27 minutes.
The rapid delivery time did not compromise the quality or taste of the food - it was simply delicious.
With the rising popularity of Mediterranean cuisine, the area around Princess Grill is bustling with similar food spots.
However, none compares to the genuine, rich flavors I've experienced here.
The first time I tried their shawarma chicken bowl, it was a revelation; I even had the option to load up on fresh vegetables.
Choosing between different rice types for the base makes it a genuinely customizable meal.
The aftertaste lingered, making me daydream about my next visit.
Believe me, I drop by at least twice weekly to get my fix with a build-your-own shawarma bowl.
So, if you're in town and are in the mood for authentic Mediterranean cuisine, I highly recommend Princess Grill Royal Oak.
Trust me. You won't be disappointed.
Palazzo Di Pizza
There's just something magical about biting into a slice of pizza from Palazzo Di Pizza.
It’s not just any pizza - it's the perfect blend of a thicker dough deep dish that isn't too dense or heavy on the bread.
The crust has a marvelous crunch to it, and the cheese?
Oh, the cheese! It's generously layered, melting into every crevice and corner.
You can find their mouth-watering menu at Palazzo Di Pizza.
One Friday night, I decided to venture out and try something different from their menu.
Well, let me tell you, the chicken carbonara and double pepperoni pizzas did not disappoint.
They were divine.
And the cheesy garlic bread was the perfect companion to our pizza feast.
Not to mention, the ranch dressing that they serve with their pizzas is simply delicious.
Every time I visit Palazzo Di Pizza, I'm reminded of why it's ranked among the top pizza places in the metro area.
The consistency in their quality and the professionalism of their staff truly sets them apart.
If you are a Detroit-style deep-dish pizza fan, this place will surely change your life.
It's no wonder locals like myself keep returning for more.
Royal Coney Express
When you're starving after a long day, the last thing you want to do is cook.
That's where my favorite fast food spot, Royal Coney Express, comes into play.
Not only is it conveniently located, the drive-thru service is speedy, delivering your order instantly.
As a frequent visitor, I can vouch for the consistency of their food.
It's always fresh, and they never mess up my order. For one, the lemon rice soup is a warm and comforting delight, especially on a chilly evening.
But I look forward to their burgers and sandwiches – quick, tasty, and satisfying.
And let me tell you about the huge salads: the Greek and chef salads are my go-to choices.
They're perfect for dinner, especially when I like eating light after a long day.
But for those days when I want to indulge, their chicken finger pita and chili cheese fries hit the spot!
So, if you're in the area and craving a delicious meal to take home, don't hesitate to swing by Royal Coney Express.
It won't disappoint!
Oak Diner is my go-to place whenever there's a need for a hearty breakfast.
Located in the heart of Royal Oak, this small American restaurant may not boast fancy decorations or flashy neon signs, but it has fantastic food.
The first time I stepped into Oak Diner, I was struck by its simplicity.
It was a Saturday morning, and the dinner was packed, yet my table was ready in no time.
Their menu is bursting with classic American fare.
From succulent burgers to fluffy omelets, every dish is made with love and served generously.
But what keeps me coming back for more is their breakfast menu.
I can never resist their seasonal specials, always unique and brimming with creativity.
You'd be surprised by the twists they put on classic dishes.
Not to mention, Oak Diner's prices are reasonable.
So, if you're in Royal Oak and your stomach is growling for a delectable breakfast, remember the name - Oak Diner.
Every so often, you stumble upon a gem of a place that completely takes you by surprise, and for me, that gem has always been Detroit Eatery.
It's a humble little counter-serve spot in our city, but don't let its modest appearance fool you.
This place is a treasure trove of international flavors that never fail to hit the spot.
Whether it's a casual date night with my partner or a quick grab-and-go meal, Detroit Eatery is our go-to spot.
The diverse menu always offers something new to try.
In particular, the rice platters are a perfect blend of flavors, and they're always served hot and fresh.
Despite the constant buzz of customers, they deliver orders in no more than fifteen minutes.
I've ordered at peak times, and they've never kept me waiting longer than that.
This kind of efficiency, coupled with the delicious food, makes it a hit with the locals.
However, it's not just the efficient service and the diverse menu that makes this place stand out.
The portions are generous, and I mean generous.
One order is enough to feed two, and everything I've tried so far has been nothing short of fantastic.
On perfect evenings, you might even welcome the opportunity to enjoy the twilight air while preparing your feast.
Every dish tells a story, from the Butter and New York chicken to the lamb plate, Jamaican beef pattie, and veggie samosas.
Each bite is a journey through the world's flavors right in the heart of our city.
Every visit to the Detroit Eatery, I love their culinary prowess more.
It's a testament to our city's rich, diverse culture and a must-visit for anyone craving a taste of international cuisine.
I can't wait for my next visit, and I assure you, once you've tasted their offerings, you'll be counting down the days till your next one too!
"Expect the unexpected" is what I always say when heading to beppé restaurant.
It's one of those gems you stumble upon in Royal Oak, where the dining scene just asked for something refreshing and vibrant.
My recent visit was no exception.
It was my fourth or fifth visit - who keeps count when it's this good?
The updated menu immediately caught my attention, which now featured a few new dishes.
As a creature of habit, I quickly checked for my favorite - the barramundi.
To my delight, it was still there, holding its ground as one of the star entrees.
I've noticed that the burger, another favorite, is quite popular among the regulars here.
The rotating selection of appetizers always keeps things interesting, with the arancini being a must-try whenever it's featured.
One of the things that set Beppé apart is its impressive wine list.
It always surprises me, and I particularly enjoy the Italian rosé available for most of the summer.
The reasonable menu prices make it easy to try out multiple dishes, which is always a treat.
I also tried the Sour Blues, the perfect balance of spirits for a refreshing cocktail.
The food, as always, was impeccable.
The standout appetizer for me was the roasted carrots cooked to perfection and served with ricotta, pomegranate, and pistachio garnish.
And let's not forget the shrimp and calamari - well-seasoned and flavorful.
My time at beppé is always a culinary adventure.
I highly recommend it if you appreciate a relaxed vibe, a focused menu, and friendly service.
I know I'll be back in no time.
Oak House Deli
Craving for a sandwich that's more than just the regular?
The Oak House Deli is your answer.
What makes their sandwiches stand out?
Their fresh ingredients.
There is a noticeable difference between their sandwiches and others.
I usually prefer my sandwiches toasted; it adds a subtle crunch that elevates the overall experience.
And if you think their menu only consists of sandwiches, you'll be pleasantly surprised.
They have an array of wet salads and a rotating option of the day's soup.
The diverse menu caters to all.
For one, I have a few friends who are vegans and vegetarians, and they couldn't stop raving about Oak House's vegan Reuben.
They said it was by far the best they've ever had.
But what sets the Oak House Deli apart is its fantastic food and impeccable service.
Despite being a popular spot and sometimes running short of staff, they always keep a friendly ambiance and never compromise on food quality.
The delicacies at Oak House Deli have won my heart, turning me into a weekly regular.
Whether you're a die-hard sandwich lover, a vegan, or someone with specific dietary needs, the Oak House Deli has you covered.
After all, it's not every day that you find a deli that can cater to everyone's palate.
Little Brothers Burgers
Sundays are my favorite, not only for the leisurely brunches or the game nights with my friends but also for my ceremonial visit to the tiny yet bustling burger joint in my town - Little Brothers Burgers.
Nestled amidst the concrete structures of Royal Oak, it's indeed a 'little hole in the wall,' but the flavors they serve are anything but little.
The moment you step into Little Brothers, the scent of fresh fries fills the air, and you can't help but get drawn toward the counter.
The seating's quite limited, but they've made the most of it with bar stools and a snug seating area outside.
The real showstopper, though, is their larger-than-life sliders.
Not the mundane mini burgers you usually picture when you hear 'sliders' but full-blown, juicy burgers that are a sight to behold and a delight to sink your teeth into.
Watch them prepare your order, and you can see the love and effort that goes into each burger.
Their fries are always fresh, perfectly seasoned, salty, and just right.
Paired with a chilled canned soda, it's a match made in fast-food heaven.
For just $9.99, you get two massive sliders, a generous serving of fries, and a soda to wash it all down.
It's a steal, honestly!
The staff at Little Brothers Burgers is another reason why I find myself returning to this place.
Always accommodating, they add to the whole experience, making it feel like a visit to an old friend's place rather than just another burger joint.
So, if you find yourself in town, drop by Little Brothers Burgers.
And don't worry if your stomach can’t handle all the deliciousness at once. It's perfectly okay to save some for later.
Just a little advice from one foodie to another.
Smoky’s Cigar Bar & Bistro
When the sun dips below the horizon, and the city lights twinkle, I often gravitate toward my favorite spot in town, Smoky’s Cigar Bar & Bistro.
The place is magnetic, drawing me in with its sophisticated ambiance every time.
My first visit to a cigar bar was here, and I instantly fell in love with the novelty of enjoying a smoke while dining in a comfortable setting.
Their hamburgers and french fries have an addictive taste that I’ve not found anywhere else in the city.
I've brought friends here on numerous occasions, and every single time we've spent hours soaking in the atmosphere, sipping delicious drinks, and savoring their mouthwatering food.
One of the unique features of Smoky's is its phenomenal ventilation system.
This place maintains a fresh and inviting aura, unlike most cigar lounges thick with smoke.
The tasteful dishes are another high point, and I often find myself tipping my hat to the chef’s culinary skills.
Smoky's is not just a place to unwind with a cigar and a drink. It's a social hub where you can meet interesting people.
The range of cigars, suited to various budgets, makes it an inclusive space.
I highly recommend arriving before 8 pm if you're planning a visit.
The place tends to fill up quickly, and you don't want to be left waiting at the door.
Smoky's Cigar Bar & Bistro has become a regular part of my life, a place I return to for its unforgettable charm and welcoming atmosphere.
Noorjahan Indian Cuisine
If you've been searching for a dining experience that truly distinguishes itself from the norm, then you would be remiss not to indulge in an evening at Noorjahan Indian Cuisine in Royal Oak.
I have been frequenting this spot for years, and let me tell you, it never disappoints.
Their food is an explosion of Indian flavors that takes your taste buds to the heart of South Asia.
The butter chicken, my favorite, is a rich, creamy, and mildly spiced delicious dance.
Paired with some fluffy naan, it's a match made in culinary heaven.
For the more adventurous palate, I'd recommend the Chili Chicken.
It packs a punch of heat that adds an extra dimension to the already complex symphony of tastes.
And to balance the spice, the lamb samosas and chicken tikka masala biryani are flavorful delights that will leave you craving more.
The restaurant is not just about the food, though.
Whether it's a busy weekend or a quiet weekday, the restaurant is always well-maintained, and the service is top-notch.
Another hidden gem of Noorjahan is its lunch buffet.
An excellent value for money, it offers a variety of dishes to choose from.
Although it’s not typically crowded at lunchtime, it's a refreshing deviation from the usual take-out options around Royal Oak.
If you're looking for a unique dining experience in southeastern Michigan, Noorjahan Indian Cuisine should be on your radar.
It’s been a local favorite and a testament to India's rich, flavorsome cuisine.
Saab Sis Thai
If you're looking for a restaurant that can whisk your taste buds away on an exotic culinary journey, look no further than Saab Sis Thai.
From the moment I stepped into this cozy, well-decorated space, I was transported from Royal Oak to the vibrant streets of Bangkok.
One of my favorite things about Saab Sis Thai is that they're not afraid to turn up the heat.
If you're a spice lover like me, you'll appreciate the authentic kick their dishes have.
You can adjust the spice level to suit your preference, but be warned - the medium spice on their salads is much hotter than you'd expect!
Their Spicy Eggplant with Tofu is a dream for vegetarians, while the Beef Salad and Papaya Salad never fail to impress.
The Drunken Noodles are another crowd-pleaser, and the Tonyum Soup with perfectly tender shrimp is a must-try.
You'll also want to try their Pad Thai if you love seafood.
Their drink selection is also unique and refreshing; I highly recommend the Butterfly Milk Tea, and if you're dining with a partner, why not try the Butterfly Lemonade as well?
To round off the meal, the Crab Rangoon and Scallion Pancakes make an intriguing spin on familiar appetizers.
Although it's not always mango season, if you're lucky enough to visit when it is, don't miss out on the Sticky Rice Mango dessert. It's simply divine.
I'll be returning to Saab Sis Thai, and if you're in the area, I recommend you do the same.
You won't regret it!
Every once in a while, there's nothing like waking up to the comforting smells of a local diner right around the corner.
The moment you step into Monty's Grill, you're instantly transported back to simpler times.
The small, time-tested digs with counter seating evoke a feeling of nostalgia that's as satisfying as the food itself.
The breakfast plates are a delightful start to any morning.
When I'm feeling particularly adventurous, I order the omelet, a beautiful medley of fluffy eggs and fresh ingredients that never fail to tantalize my taste buds.
But let's not forget about the Coney dogs and the burgers.
These aren't just any fast-food burgers. They're prepared by a methodical grill master who takes his time to ensure each patty is cooked to perfection.
I'm also a big fan of the fries here, which are always crispy and perfectly salted.
It's the kind of greasy spoon where you can taste the love and care that goes into every dish.
One bite of their pancakes, and you'll pick up the flavors of everything else on the grill.
It's a unique taste that’s hard to find anywhere else.
Monty's Grill is more than just a diner to me; it's a part of my routine where I feel at home.
It's a place I could get used to, and believe me, I have.
When I want a taste of the Mediterranean without leaving town, I head straight to Boukie's Grill.
Nestled in the heart of Royal Oak on Main Street, this unassuming spot is a passport to a world of vibrant flavors.
You can check out their menu and location at Boukie's Grill.
From the outside, one may not expect much but step inside, and you'll be swept away by the warm, inviting ambiance and the tantalizing aroma of traditional Mediterranean dishes.
The menu is a festival of flavors, from pita sandwiches to traditional dishes, even fruit smoothies!
Once, I ordered a chicken shawarma salad with spinach instead of lettuce on my next visit, and boy, was I in for a surprise.
The taste was perfect, and they were generous with the chicken - a rarity in most places.
All of this at a very reasonable price.
Since then, Boukie's Grill has become a frequent stop for me.
Their Fattoush dressing is divine, and the staff are always friendly, making the experience even more pleasant.
It's become my favorite local spot for Mediterranean cuisine.
So, if you find yourself in Royal Oak craving authentic Mediterranean food, don't hesitate to try Boukie's Grill.
If there's something that I've learned about sushi over the years, it's that it's an art, and not all artists are equal.
Recently, my sushi adventures led me to Bahdah Sushi – a sushi restaurant that has become a familiar haunt for me and my friends.
We've been going almost weekly, sampling various rolls, Nigiris, and other Japanese dishes like Udon.
The staff is always accommodating and friendly, providing top-notch service that enhances the dining experience.
I can assure you that you can never go wrong with the sushi here - it's always fresh, flavorful, and awesomely presented.
For instance, their 'Fuji Mountain' roll was a delight; the seaweed salad topped with teriyaki sauce flavors was sensational.
If you're considering giving the place a shot, I'd recommend sticking with their best offerings – the Nigiri and the Udon.
My culinary adventures in Royal Oak have always been rewarding and full of surprises.
You never know what new delicacy you might stumble upon!
This town is a true paradise for foodies!