Hello my Diva friends! This is Annod with a review on a great, newer restaurant in Royal Oak called the Town Tavern. I love coming to Royal Oak, it’s always hustling and bustling. We decided on the Town Tavern because quite a few people told us what a nice place it is. The Tavern opened in 2007 and is a 1930’s inspired taproom decked with mahogany and marble and serves American comfort food and cocktails.
Upon entering, we noticed the décor and the music were at the right volume and perfect for this environment. We were seated by a nice young man, but sneaky as we were, we re-seated ourselves so we could get a great look at the whole restaurant. Our waiter, Josh, was there to greet us. He immediately asked us what we wanted to drink.
We took a few minutes to order because we wanted to see all that was offered. When Josh came back to the table with our drinks, he also had some parmesan breadsticks. There was one problem, Suse is allergic to garlic and we were sad, but then Josh went to speak to the kitchen and he came back and said that the cook would make some for her without garlic, **bonus**
Now we are ready to order! Gini ordered the French onion soup ($7) and Suse ordered the Wedge salad ($6). Suse ordered the Filet Mignon and a red wine Demi with braised Brussels sprouts and smashed potatoes ($32). The problem was that the Brussels sprouts and the smashed potatoes had garlic in them so Josh gave her another choice. She chose the broccoli and the red skin potatoes. (What a great place to offer other choices, when many restaurants feel substitutions aren’t welcome.)
Gini decided on the Fish and Chips with red skin potatoes and coleslaw ($16). Gini said the fish was amazing and loved the coleslaw that was made with a vinegar/oil dressing (just like Dad used to make) but had an issue with her red skin potatoes, they were dry and not very fresh. I’m sure it was a fluke because everything else came out excellent.
It was my turn to order. I had Nueske Bacon Meatloaf with Cherry Cola BBQ Sauce, sweet corn cheddar mash and green beans ($17). I loved the meat loaf, it tasted like I was eating a steak. The Cherry Cola BBQ sauce was surprisingly very good and I gobbled it up. The Mash was amazing, also. I love mashed potatoes with corn and cheddar cheese. My only problem is that my green beans were not cooked and too hard for my liking. Josh took them back but they came back the same. I was given an alternate, which was asparagus (cooked perfectly.)
The Town Tavern is located at 116 W 4th Street in trendy Royal Oak, Michigan. The hours are Monday –Thursday 11:30 am to 11:00 pm, Friday & Saturday 11:30 am to 12 midnight. Sunday hours are 11:30 am until 10 pm. When you visit downtown Royal Oak, you notice parking is at a premium. We chose the Valet parking ($5.00 plus tip) over the parking garages, as it was located at the corner of the street. What a lovely time we had and a great spirited place to have a family dinner, a date or just come with friends for a drink.
***FYI: Town Tavern arranged a partnership with Autism Alliance of Michigan to once again provide meals to hundreds of families of children with autism. They were provided early admission and assorted meals at Royal Oak’s Arts, Beats and Eats festival this year.