Eating out allows people to break up their daily routines, as does quitting a job to pursue the volatile, unpredictable career of being Mark McGwire's personal chef. Embrace the finer points of the former with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of surf 'n' turf at Tom's Oyster Bar in Royal Oak.
Tom's Oyster Bar plies its patrons with a variety of aquatic and terrestrial fare, with the kitchen keeping the shelled hits coming until at least 11 p.m. every day. Hanging chalkboards list the oysters and catches of the day, all poised to leap onto plates from the raw bar, which primes palates with six packs of oysters on the half shell ($9.99). Other seafaring fare includes the Tex-Mex tilapia decked with pico de gallo and fresh vegetables ($14.99) and the crab cake dinner served with redskin potatoes ($17.99). The house specialty Spanish coffee ($8) fires up palettes with a mixture of triple sec, coffee liqueur, and brandy set ablaze to caramelize a ring of brown sugar and cinnamon to the hot glass, topping it off with their homemade whipped cream.
Diners stopping in to silence growling stomachs can crowd around one of Tom's numerous tables or claim seats at the bar in order to seize their thirst quenchers from the benevolent chefs. Outdoor seating by the expansive entranceway also graces patrons with views of downtown Royal Oak, ensuring that potential sidewalk soul mates remain within patrons' peripheral view.
Tom’s Oyster Bar
Every morning at Tom’s Oyster Bar, chefs scrawl the day’s battered and grilled seafood specials on chalkboard menus suspended from the ceiling. In addition to that list of freshly caught fish, the chefs tout their commitment to fresh seafood by stocking their raw bar with oysters that are shucked to order and then gently scolded for hording pearls.
In the wood-accented dining room, companions can sip from dozens of draft and bottled brews and bask in the glow of flat-screen TVs, or retreat to the outdoor patio and take in views of downtown Royal Oak.