Thursday, March 21, 2013

Lily's Seafood: Something Smells Fishy & We Like It

For most of my life I have absolutely hated seafood. I have always hated the smell, texture, taste, you name it. I kept trying different things and finally a couple of years ago  I came around and can now say I love it, well most of it. Clams are where I draw the line, they still just look like big boogers to me. Now that I've sufficiently grossed you out, let me get to my point.

The other night Christie, Sadie and I wanted to get dinner and could not decide where we wanted to go. We finally settled on downtown Royal Oak and one of them suggested Lily's Seafood Grill & Brewery. I'm the only one that had never been there, so I was all about trying it! Even though it was freezing cold out that night, as soon as you walk in you feel like you're in a restaurant near the beach because of the decor, but it's not too cheesy like some chain seafood places can be.
Even though I am now a fan of seafood, I'm still a bit wary of ordering a whole seafood meal myself. Luckily, there were a few items on this menu that I was more than willing to try. We were pretty hungry, so we ordered an appetizer to start, the blue crab spinach and artichoke dip. I love spinach and artichoke dip by itself, but adding crab makes it a totally different thing. It's so good! We ate every last bit.

For dinner, I ordered the salmon Reuben, which I'm told is one of the more popular things there so I felt pretty safe with my choice. Plus, Rubens are one of my favorite foods. Guys, this thing is good. I wouldn't have thought of putting coleslaw, thousand island and salmon on a sandwich together, but whoever thought of it should be thanked. I do have to say though, there must have been a lot of salt or something in either the sandwich or the dip because I was incredibly thirsty after. Since I'm a weird person and don't like french fries, I paired my sandwich with sweet potato fries that were delicious. They weren't those weird really thin ones or too crispy, they were just right. Although, I will say that Christie's regular fries looked pretty good, even to me. She decided to be different from Sadie and I with our salmon Rubens, and opted for the chicken pesto sandwich which also looked really tasty!
Lily's Seafood also brews their own beer that I will have to try next time since I was feeling a little under the weather the other night. It's been around for awhile and most of you have probably been there before, but it seems like a Royal Oak staple and is worth reminding everyone about. Why not head in there on a cold "spring" night and eat some food that reminds you of the warmer weather!

They have specials all week long, including all-you-can-eat fish fry on Mondays and brunch on Saturday and Sunday. There will be an all you can eat Easter brunch and coming up on April 4 they will be having their annual Tartan Day Celebration that will include Celtic music, traditional Scottish dishes, haggis and bagpipes (awesome!).


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