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Date Night: Royal Oak

It’s Saturday night in the ROak: Time to take your girlfriend, boyfriend, or whathaveyou out for a night on the town. What to do, what to do? Well, how about these ideas? Of course, we’re always up for suggestions. Comment away!


Get a little taste of Cuba here in the States at Cafe Habana.

Deliciousness (especially the torta puerco), per metromix:

“The big Cuban- and Latin-inspired menu is an exciting departure from the ordinary. The service is bright and knowledgeable. The prices are exceptionally good. And most importantly, the food is first-class. The room is appealing, too, with high ceilings, charmingly mismatched chandeliers, unusual faux-finished walls and giant art deco-style posters celebrating Havana in the 1930s. The place serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It stays open most nights until 2 a.m. and even has bargain-priced cocktails.”


The coolest dive bar in Oakland County: Gusoline Alley.

Cash only bar, amazing jukebox, per Real Detroit:

“We love Gusoline Alley because it has the knack to do everything right all the time and with an ease that’s almost Zen-like. The place readily acknowledges that it’s a dive in the traditional and time-honored sense. Shoot, the word is even written proudly on a few shirts. But diving into this wonderful saloon is always a pleasure because the water is always fine – and it’s possible that only Bethesda’s biblical pool has healed more wounded spirits over the course of time.”

And a Show

‘Next Fall’ at the Baldwin Theatre.

A little culture, eh? Per Metrotimes:

“Geoffrey Nauffts’ thoughtful drama takes a witty and provocative look at faith, commitment and unconditional love. The play’s central story focuses on the five-year relationship between Adam and Luke, a gay couple with stark religious differences — one is devoutly religious, the other is a sarcastic agnostic. After an accident, they are forced to rely on family and friends for support and answers. This compelling new American play forces us all to examine what it means to “believe” and what it might cost us not to.”

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