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THE MORRIE ADDS TO ROYAL OAK DINING

THE MORRIE ADDS TO ROYAL OAK DINING

From the same group that brought Royal Oak both Bistro 82 and Sabrage comes a third hotspot with a more casual approach and a serious emphasis on loaded potatoes and live music. The Morrie, on Main Street in Royal Oak, is set to open on Thursday, Sept. 15.

The Morrie’s menu is described as “eclectic roadhouse”, with sandwiches, hearty steaks, soups, homemade desserts, salads and more. The restaurant is led by AFB Hospitality Group and executive chef Derik Watson, who put the menu together with the idea to dish out American fare with unexpected twists.

The salad menu includes an Asian Ramen dish, made with crispy chicken tenders, cabbage, orange segment, carrot, bell pepper, radish, bean sprout, crunchy noodles, almond, sesame seed and sweet onion vinaigrette. There’s also a the Beet Salad, made with goat cheese, mixed nuts and honey-balsamic dressing.

The sandwich menu includes the Banh Mi Sandwich, with marinated cucumber, pickled carrot and radish, jalapeño, cilantro, pork pâté, capicola and mayo. The Roadie offers Nueske cheddar bratwurst, the Green Room, with grilled portobello and arugula-walnut pesto, and plenty more for whatever version of hungry you are when you visit.

All of The Morrie’s bread is made in-house, adding an extra tasty element to their offerings.

The menu’s focal point revolves around loaded potatoes that can be dressed to your heart’s desire. The potatoes come in the form of waffle fries, tater tots, sweet potato tots, french fries and potato skins, with topping options ranging from queso fundido and chorizo to pork belly and sunny side eggs.

The space is open seven days a week, opening each day at 4 p.m. and closing anywhere from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., depending on the day of the week. The team behind The Morrie is working on regular music programming, with a general live music schedule on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The space has a full stage to accomodate each band or artist and the seating arrangements vary with communal, booth and high top options, with room for 250 guests. Patio seating is also available.

House-made desserts include caramelized banana splits and peach cobbler, and the place also houses a full bar with a cocktail program. The Morrie also offers an extensive beer and wine list, with many Michigan-made choices.

For more information and for a full menu, visit www.themorrie.com and follow the restaurant for updates on music and specials on Facebook.

Erica N. Rakowicz/After 5

Photo credit: Seoung Lee Photography