1214 S. Main St., Royal Oak; 248-306-1954; jimbradysdetroit.com
Proprietor Tom Brady (no, not that Tom Brady) has seen to the rebirth of a legendary Detroit institution in suburban Royal Oak. Inside the former Oxford Inn, the space has a mid-century "Don Draper" quality, with upholstered barstools, sunburst light fixtures, and a pink payphone in the ladies room. As for the food, it's also a throwback to a time when going out to eat called for a steak, juicy burger, or a sandwich named after a regular. Drinks are equally nostalgic, as is the Motown playlist. With a generous happy hour and a kitchen that stays open late, it's quickly become a favorite neighborhood spot in Oakland County.
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