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Winners & Losers in Restaurant Week Marathon

Are you ready for 22 days of discounted dinners in metro Detroit? Troy, Royal Oak, and Detroit Restaurant Weeks are all overlapping this spring.

And I’m wondering if it’s too much all at the same time?

The Details:

  • Troy Restaurant Week – March 20 through March 25. Lunch is $15 and dinner is $25 or $35 depending on the establishment.
  • Royal Oak Restaurant Week – March 25 through April 2. Three-course meal is either $15 or $25 depending on the establishment.

So, which cities are going to be the winners and losers in the restaurant week spring schedule?

The always-popular Detroit Restaurant Week will still shine and is going to capture the most buzz. People have been talking about it for months and have already made reservations.

Royal Oak, the new kid on the restaurant week block, will also do well. The residents of Royal Oak and surrounding communities will come out to support and to try a new eatery or two. They may stumble a bit because it’s their first time out but they’ll work it out.

Troy Restaurant Week, which has already started, is going to be the loser in this food marathon. There hasn’t been much chatter about it and it has the potentially highest price point.

Restaurant week devotees, yes they exist, are going to hold out and spend their food dollars in either Royal Oak or Detroit.

That’s my take, anyway. What’s yours?

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As a non-Troy resident, the only reason I'm dining in that city is if I'm already there running errands or shopping at Somerset. Yes, there are some good restaurants there, but who really wants to spend their leisure time in Troy?

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSven Gustafson

My sister and I regularly take advantage of the Melting Pot in Troy, but haven't really looked into the other restaurants-- I'm sure there is no comparison to Detroit and Royal Oak! I am SO excited to go to Iridescence!

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeanna Dionne

I think a lot of the difference lies in the fact that most Troy restaurants I've seen are chains. Some great places to eat, but not as many smaller, independently owned, or places with a little more adventurous food. Royal Oak and Detroit both have more of these types of places, and Royal Oak has the additional advantage of having the best price point.
So, yeah, I'm inclined to agree with your assessment.

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDominique

I totally agree with you about Troy. I think that speaks to people wanting the community feel of walkable cities and Troy doesn't deliver on that.

Funny you should mention The Melting Pot. My husband & I went there for the last round of Troy Restaurant Week. I love fondue but I don't think my husband would list it as a go-to place.

You're so right, most of the establishments for TRW are chains. I don't mind chains once in awhile but prefer my $$'s to go to independents.

March 21, 2011 | Registered CommenterBecks Davis

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