It's Restaurant Week season in the Detroit area! {Winter 2018 edition}

Chicken sandwich at Brome Burger, Dearborn

The Detroit area tends to have a lot of Restaurant Weeks, but this year a LOT of them are overlapping. I've compiled this handy list for my readers so you can check out any and all that appeal to you.

What is Restaurant Week?

Restaurant Week is a magical time. Restaurants will frequently offer 3-course (and sometimes even 4-course) meals at a fraction of the normal price. I usually try to go out at least once for the area restaurant weeks, usually to an expensive-ish restaurant that I haven't tried yet and wanted to, because you are getting such good food at a discount.

Recently I went to Gandy Dancer for Ann Arbor's restaurant week, which was $28 for a 3-course dinner, and very tasty.

Butter cake at Gandy Dancer, for Ann Arbor Restaurant Week

Upcoming dates:
*Repeats, in case you miss it:
-Troy does March + August.
-Royal Oak usually does two per year, I believe (Feb. and October).
-Birmingham, Dearborn, and Detroit do not repeat.

Chicken & waffles at Ale Mary's, for Royal Oak Restaurant Week

My recommendations and restaurants to check out

Here are a few places I would recommend, and also a few I am hoping to check out.
Birmingham Restaurant Week: I checked out Mad Hatter for dinner last night ($30, 3-course menu), which was excellent, and will be going to Rugby Grille ($15, 3-course lunch menu) with coworkers next week. Big Rock Chophouse was my second choice - I went for BRW a few years ago and it was great.

Dearborn Restaurant Week: Brome Burger is a favorite of mine, so I'd highly recommend that restaurant if you like burgers - their DRW menu is a great value, too. Any of the Mediterranean places on the menu would most likely be fantastic, and I can also recommend Famous Hamburger. This year, I'm hoping to check out Ford's Garage for its $10 lunch deal, as I haven't been there yet.
--> Read my Brome review here.
Detroit Restaurant Week: Hoping to check out Grey Ghost or Roast, as they've been on my "list" for some time now. I can recommend Rattlesnake Club, Andiamo, Mario's, and The Whitney, as well as Cliff Bell's - if you're a jazz enthusiast, I highly recommend checking out Cliff Bell's entertainment schedule, too, before you pick a DRW date. Menus can also be found on DRW's Facebook page.

Wall of records at The Morrie, Royal Oak

Royal Oak Restaurant Week: My recommendations are Ale Mary's—I went there back in October, with coworkers, for RORW—The Morrie, Bigalora, Jolly Pumpkin, and, surprisingly, The Rock on Third. The Rock on Third is a bit of a dive bar but their ribs are fall-off-the-bone and delicious. Bastone, D'Amatos, and Le Crepe are also very good.
--> Read my dinner review of The Morrie here, and brunch review here.


Troy Restaurant Week: This is the closest RW to me, as Clawson does not do one, and I've tried most of the restaurants on the list—some during TRW, and some for a "regular" meal. For TRW, the best deals are The Capital Grille, Ruth's Chris, and La Saj, in my opinion (only $8 for lunch at La Saj, during the last one!). I also enjoy Melting Pot's 3-course dinner. This March, I'm hoping to check out Ruth's Chris or Eddie V's - I have yet to try Eddie V's.

As of 2018, Fogo de Chão is now listed, too! TRW on Instagram just released a picture yesterday with the March 2018 participating restaurants. If their deal is good, I may have to try them out again, too, as it's becoming one of my favorite "special occasion" restaurants.
--> Read my first review of Fogo de Chão here, and my most recent review here.


Have you ever attended a restaurant week before? If so, which city's event did you attend, and at what restaurant did you dine?

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