Guidebook for Oak Park

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Guidebook for Oak Park

Food Scene

Best burgers in Metro Detroit! Ask for the whisky menu.
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One-Eyed Betty's
175 W Troy St
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Best burgers in Metro Detroit! Ask for the whisky menu.
4.7 with 88 reviews on google maps can't be wrong. Some of the best doughnuts in Metro Detroit!
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Dutch Girl Donuts
19000 Woodward Ave
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4.7 with 88 reviews on google maps can't be wrong. Some of the best doughnuts in Metro Detroit!
Great BBQ. Make sure to bring someone with and split the 4 man meal. You get to try a little bit of everything they offer. Also add a Lynchburg lemonade, no one can make them like Zeke's bartenders.
Zeke's Rock 'n' Roll BBQ
Great BBQ. Make sure to bring someone with and split the 4 man meal. You get to try a little bit of everything they offer. Also add a Lynchburg lemonade, no one can make them like Zeke's bartenders.
AMAZING breakfast and lunch spot!
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The Fly Trap a finer diner
22950 Woodward Ave
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AMAZING breakfast and lunch spot!
Some of the best brunch and breakfast around!
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Toast
23144 Woodward Ave
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Some of the best brunch and breakfast around!
Chain Ice cream shop.
Dairy Queen Store
941 W Nine Mile Rd
Chain Ice cream shop.
Small cafe dishes up seasonal, organic vegetarian & vegan dishes in a simple, cozy interior.
Om Cafe
23136 Woodward Ave
Small cafe dishes up seasonal, organic vegetarian & vegan dishes in a simple, cozy interior.
Vibrant outpost offering a range of house beers, pizzas & sandwiches in rustic-chic digs.
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Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria & Brewery
441 W Canfield St
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Vibrant outpost offering a range of house beers, pizzas & sandwiches in rustic-chic digs.
Slow cooked meats paired with hearty sides & craft beers aplenty in a tiny, wood-beamed 1880s space.
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Slows Bar BQ
2138 Michigan Ave
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Slow cooked meats paired with hearty sides & craft beers aplenty in a tiny, wood-beamed 1880s space.
Neighborhood coffeehouse with open-mike nights serving espresso drinks, tea & pastries in cozy digs.
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The Bottom Line Coffee House
4474 3rd Ave
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Neighborhood coffeehouse with open-mike nights serving espresso drinks, tea & pastries in cozy digs.
Absolute best sushi around, it is to go only.
Tai Fai Restaurant
8505 West Nine Mile Road
Absolute best sushi around, it is to go only.
Diner in an ex-garage serves classic grub & charbroiled burgers amid relics of classic car culture.
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Vinsetta Garage
27799 Woodward Ave
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Diner in an ex-garage serves classic grub & charbroiled burgers amid relics of classic car culture.
I highly recommend this all you can eat Buffet for lunch! $10 for fresh sushi, mongolian BBQ and huge selection of pick and choose pre made food. Even better, its right next to a movie theater!
Tokyo Buffet Lounge
25333 W 12 Mile Rd
I highly recommend this all you can eat Buffet for lunch! $10 for fresh sushi, mongolian BBQ and huge selection of pick and choose pre made food. Even better, its right next to a movie theater!
The. Best. Pizza. Period. Locally sourced, thin crust pizza with spectacular flavors and only takes 90 seconds to cook.
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Bigalora Wood Fired Cucina
711 S Main St
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The. Best. Pizza. Period. Locally sourced, thin crust pizza with spectacular flavors and only takes 90 seconds to cook.
Chic eatery with an upscale vibe offers rustic Italian fare, an extensive wine list & live music. Always get the special, they have been amazing every time.
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D'Amato's Restaurant
222 Sherman Dr
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Chic eatery with an upscale vibe offers rustic Italian fare, an extensive wine list & live music. Always get the special, they have been amazing every time.
Full vegan menu!
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GreenSpace Cafe
215 W Nine Mile Rd
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Full vegan menu!

Entertainment & Activities

Vintage arcade games from as far back as 1880!
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Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum
31005 Orchard Lake Rd
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Vintage arcade games from as far back as 1880!
Largest Penguin exhibit just opened! Make sure you wear your walking shoes. This place is HUGE!
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Detroit Zoo
8450 W 10 Mile Rd
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Largest Penguin exhibit just opened! Make sure you wear your walking shoes. This place is HUGE!
Top rope and Belay lessons offered daily. This gym has 50 foot walls with top rope, lead routes and auto belay's. A ton of boulder routes and they are expanding every day!
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Planet Rock Climbing Gym
1103 W 13 Mile Rd
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Top rope and Belay lessons offered daily. This gym has 50 foot walls with top rope, lead routes and auto belay's. A ton of boulder routes and they are expanding every day!
GO WINGS!!!
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Joe Louis Arena station
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GO WINGS!!!
GO TIGERS!!!! Play Ball!
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Comerica Park
2100 Woodward Ave
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GO TIGERS!!!! Play Ball!
Golfing in Metro Detroit
Event Venue
19013 Woodward Avenue
Golfing in Metro Detroit
18 hole golf course in the heart of Metro Detroit. It was designed by Donald Ross and is located in the exclusive Huntington Woods neighborhood.
Rackham Golf Course
10100 W 10 Mile Rd
18 hole golf course in the heart of Metro Detroit. It was designed by Donald Ross and is located in the exclusive Huntington Woods neighborhood.
Movies open all the time, this place has a bowling alley and bar attached!
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Emagine Royal Oak
200 N Main St
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Movies open all the time, this place has a bowling alley and bar attached!

Shopping

Amazing collaborative store filled with local artists and foodie shops! Try the cake, its delicious!
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The Rust Belt Market
22801 Woodward Ave
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Amazing collaborative store filled with local artists and foodie shops! Try the cake, its delicious!
All natural whole food with a deli and pre made food and desserts.
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Western Market
447 W Nine Mile Rd
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All natural whole food with a deli and pre made food and desserts.
Filled with teas, drop in meditation classes and psychic readings. This shop has all the items you need to align your chakras for a blissful life.
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Boston Tea Room
1220 Woodward Heights
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Filled with teas, drop in meditation classes and psychic readings. This shop has all the items you need to align your chakras for a blissful life.
Has an expensive side and a normal side. Bring your credit cards, this place has almost every store you need.
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Somerset Collection station
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Has an expensive side and a normal side. Bring your credit cards, this place has almost every store you need.
Upscale retailer of watches & bicycles, plus a line of leather goods & curated gift items.
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Shinola Detroit Store
441 W Canfield St
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Upscale retailer of watches & bicycles, plus a line of leather goods & curated gift items.
Awesome place to get all of your running gear.
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RUNdetroit
441 W Canfield St
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Awesome place to get all of your running gear.
Nice shopping mall that has the CheeseCake Factory.
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Twelve Oaks Mall
27500 Novi Rd
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Nice shopping mall that has the CheeseCake Factory.
An amazing market that hosts vendors of all sorts! Here is a link to some of the tastiest eats there :) https://www.thrillist.com/eat/detroit/best-food-trucks-and-vendors-in-detroits-eastern-market
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Eastern Market
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An amazing market that hosts vendors of all sorts! Here is a link to some of the tastiest eats there :) https://www.thrillist.com/eat/detroit/best-food-trucks-and-vendors-in-detroits-eastern-market
Best fabric store in the area.
Haberman Fabrics
1060 W 14 Mile Rd
Best fabric store in the area.
Tride and true american made basics.
American Apparel
405 S Washington Ave
Tride and true american made basics.
Vintage finds.
Lost & Found Vintage
510 S Washington Ave
Vintage finds.
A little bit of everything unique.
Scout
435 N Washington Ave
A little bit of everything unique.
Farmers and Flea Markets
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Royal Oak Farmers Market
316 E Eleven Mile Rd
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Farmers and Flea Markets
Vintage finds http://www.regenerationclothing.org/
Regeneration New-Used Clothing
23700 Woodward Ave
Vintage finds http://www.regenerationclothing.org/

Sightseeing

Historical towns recreated in one expansive area that travels from 1800's farms to Thomas Edison's factory!
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Greenfield Village
20900 Oakwood Blvd
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Historical towns recreated in one expansive area that travels from 1800's farms to Thomas Edison's factory!
Iconic 26-ft.-tall bronze statue at Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, by Marshall Fredericks.
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The Spirit of Detroit
2 Woodward Ave
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Iconic 26-ft.-tall bronze statue at Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, by Marshall Fredericks.
Metro Detroit was built on the back of the Auto Industry, here you can tour the first car factory in the USA.
Ford Rouge Factory Tour
20900 Miller Rd
Metro Detroit was built on the back of the Auto Industry, here you can tour the first car factory in the USA.
Shopping Complex with GM headquarters.
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Renaissance Center
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Shopping Complex with GM headquarters.
Riverside Plaza that host most of Detroit's outdoor concerts and festivals.
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Hart Plaza
1 Hart Plaza
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Riverside Plaza that host most of Detroit's outdoor concerts and festivals.
Art Deco building that is absolutely beautiful.
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The Guardian Building
500 Griswold St
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Art Deco building that is absolutely beautiful.

Drinks & Nightlife

Vodka Distillery. Smooth as water so make sure you can Uber or walk home!
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Valentine Distilling Co.-Cocktail Lounge
161 Vester Ave
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Vodka Distillery. Smooth as water so make sure you can Uber or walk home!
Hole in the wall for sure, but amazing mead! Bring a pack of cards and stay awhile while you enjoy all of their selection, one lovely glass at a time.
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B. Nektar Meadery - Taproom & Headquarters
1511 Jarvis St
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Hole in the wall for sure, but amazing mead! Bring a pack of cards and stay awhile while you enjoy all of their selection, one lovely glass at a time.
Electronic nightclub, perfect for dancing the night away.
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The Grasshopper Underground
22757 Woodward Ave
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Electronic nightclub, perfect for dancing the night away.
Pub fare, local draft beer & growlers to go offered in chill digs with a porch & basement arcade.
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M-Brew
177 Vester Ave
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Pub fare, local draft beer & growlers to go offered in chill digs with a porch & basement arcade.
Intimate pub serving classic & specialty cocktails, beers, organic wine & small plates of bar bites.
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The Sugar House
2130 Michigan Ave
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Intimate pub serving classic & specialty cocktails, beers, organic wine & small plates of bar bites.
Everyone loves a neighborhood dive bar. Even better is a neighborhood dive bar that doesn’t make its presence known. Abick’s is such a place. Expect friendly bartenders, cheap cocktails, and cold beers. And expect to possibly get lost trying to find it. How to get there: If you aren’t looking for it, you’ll never find it.
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Abick's Bar
3500 Gilbert St
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Everyone loves a neighborhood dive bar. Even better is a neighborhood dive bar that doesn’t make its presence known. Abick’s is such a place. Expect friendly bartenders, cheap cocktails, and cold beers. And expect to possibly get lost trying to find it. How to get there: If you aren’t looking for it, you’ll never find it.
Whoever said that focus drives success was… well, let’s face it, they were probably a jerk. Or they were thinking of The Whisky Parlor, a brown liquor-based boozer with a name that leaves little room for misinterpretation. How to get there: Take the narrow flight of stairs from Foran’s Grand Trunk.
The Whisky Parlor
608 Woodward Ave
Whoever said that focus drives success was… well, let’s face it, they were probably a jerk. Or they were thinking of The Whisky Parlor, a brown liquor-based boozer with a name that leaves little room for misinterpretation. How to get there: Take the narrow flight of stairs from Foran’s Grand Trunk.
Good things come in small packages, especially when they're off the beaten path. Tom's turns into a honky-tonk cantina on select Sunday evenings and has been known to feature national acts on the down low. Buy a round of sarsaparillas for the whole bar and make lifelong friends. How to get there: It’s the oldest and most out-of-place building in this ‘hood. Knock twice, but gently -- the structure is a bit flimsy these days.
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Tom's Tavern
10093 W Seven Mile Rd
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Good things come in small packages, especially when they're off the beaten path. Tom's turns into a honky-tonk cantina on select Sunday evenings and has been known to feature national acts on the down low. Buy a round of sarsaparillas for the whole bar and make lifelong friends. How to get there: It’s the oldest and most out-of-place building in this ‘hood. Knock twice, but gently -- the structure is a bit flimsy these days.
Serving Belgian beer & cuisine in a restored art deco space with subway tiles & a vaulted ceiling
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Bastone Brewery
419 S Main St
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Serving Belgian beer & cuisine in a restored art deco space with subway tiles & a vaulted ceiling
High-energy after-dark destination for live music, DJs, dancing & specialty martinis
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D'Amato's Restaurant
222 Sherman Dr
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High-energy after-dark destination for live music, DJs, dancing & specialty martinis
Great Mexican style restaurant, best for late night snacks.
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Imperial
22828 Woodward Ave
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Great Mexican style restaurant, best for late night snacks.

Parks & Nature

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Palmer Park
910 Merrill Plaisance St
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Lovely views, the whole Island is a state park.
Belle Isle Conservancy
300 River Place Drive
Lovely views, the whole Island is a state park.
Park features WiFi, concert space, ice-skating & a bistro amid fountains & trees.
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Campus Martius Park
800 Woodward Ave
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Park features WiFi, concert space, ice-skating & a bistro amid fountains & trees.
Great for hiking and mountain biking. Bit of a drive but offers multiple levels of difficulty and rentals. http://www.metroparks.com/parks/stony-creek-metropark/
Stoney Creek Metropark/Shelby Trail
Stoney Creek Metropark/Shelby Trail
Great for hiking and mountain biking. Bit of a drive but offers multiple levels of difficulty and rentals. http://www.metroparks.com/parks/stony-creek-metropark/

Arts & Culture

Lovely shows with great cast picks.
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Stagecrafters Baldwin Theatre
415 S Lafayette Ave
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Lovely shows with great cast picks.
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Holocaust Memorial Center
28123 Orchard Lake Rd
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Live acts & tribute bands take the stage at this quirky venue that hosts weekly beer & movie nights.
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Magic Bag
22920 Woodward Ave
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Live acts & tribute bands take the stage at this quirky venue that hosts weekly beer & movie nights.
Motown was born here!
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Motown Museum
2648 W Grand Blvd
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Motown was born here!
Outdoor art project in Detroit, Michigan. It was created in 1986 by artist Tyree Guyton and his grandfather Sam Mackey
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The Heidelberg Project
3600 Heidelberg St
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Outdoor art project in Detroit, Michigan. It was created in 1986 by artist Tyree Guyton and his grandfather Sam Mackey
Hosts new acts every weekend. http://www.royaloakmusictheatre.com/
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Royal Oak Music Theatre
318 W 4th St
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Hosts new acts every weekend. http://www.royaloakmusictheatre.com/