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Lobster features at Tom's Oyster Bar

It's a lobster lovers dream at Tom's Oyster Bar, located in downtown Royal Oak, this Valentine's Day! For just over a week, between February 10-19, Tom's Oyster Bar will offer an assortment of lobster features special for Valentine's Day.

Tom's Oyster Bar serving lobster rolls for summer

Tom's Oyster Bar in downtown Royal Oak is now serving New England Lobster Rolls.

The roll is extremely refreshing

for summer, and is made fresh with real lobster, tossed in mayo and topped with kettle chips

New Top Chef at Tom's Oyster Bar

Borowski, who grew up in Beverly Hills, started from the bottom of the kitchen hierarchy when he took a job as a dishwasher in a Lansing-area Italian restaurant in 2008. He worked his way through the ranks with stints at Town Tavern in Royal Oak and a sous chef position at Green Dot Stables in Detroit.

New Menu at Tom's

There are new items on the menu at Tom’s 

Oyster Bar in Royal Oak (318 S. Main) as 

the restaurant welcomes new Executive...

Tom's Oyster Bar in Royal Oak Debuts New Menu

The new menu — out today — is a change from chef Fenton's, but preserves house favorites like New England clam chowder. Diners can choose from a shortlist of surf and turf sandwiches, larger entrees, andshared plates such as clam poutine and wagyu sirloin tips. Take a peek at the full menu below.

Hour Detroit Dining Al Fresco - Tom's Oyster Bar

Soak in the vibe of downtown Royal Oak at

TOM’S OYSTER BAR, where blue-and-white 

checked tablecloths keep a casual yet unique 

atmosphere. Right next door you’ll find ALE 

MARY’S (Royal Oak), known for its beer selec-
tion and burger. The sidewalk patio seats 

extend into the dining room for an open-air feel.

Dine in the D: Cooking with Tom's Oyster Bar

Check out all the delicious seafood you can try at this Royal Oak staple.


It’s been years since I dined at Tom’s Oyster Bar, so when I heard they hired Executive Chef Norman Fenton (who redid the entire menu) I thought it was time to give this place another visit and try their new dishes. To say we were impressed is an understatement, the menu options far exceeded your “typical” seafood dishes and were anything but ordinary!


HOT SPOT : Tom's Oyster Bar

TOM’S OYSTER BAR /// It’s a whole new ballgame with the arrival of executive chef Norman Fenton, fresh from the kitchen at Bistro 82, who has shaken things up and injected new energy into the old standby.

Foie Gras Steamed Clams from Tom's Oyster Bar

(WJBK) - Tom's Oyster Bar has been a Royal Oak staple for nearly two decades, but the time has come for a complete menu makeover. The restaurant recently welcomed a new executive chef, Norman Fenton.

He joins us in the FOX 2 Cooking School to share his recipe for foie gras steamed clams. You can find it below.

Tom's Oyster Bar Introduces New Menu

Royal Oak, MI (WXYZ) - One of the most popular restaurants in Royal Oak is giving you a new reason to check it out.

Tom's Oyster Bar has introduced a new menu. Executive Chef Norman Fenton stopped by 7 Action News on TV-20 to show how to make one of the items. 

Tom’s Oyster Bar re-imagines basic fish-and-chips menu

Although it’s been around since 1994, those who haven’t stopped by Tom’s Oyster Bar in a while are in for a surprise. A new chef is in the kitchen and he’s shaking things up. There’s a new menu based on upgraded ingredients and re-imagined classics.


Think Outside the Box this Holiday Season

Turkey may be a Thanksgiving tradition, but Norman Fenton, executive chef of Ale Mary and Tom’s Oyster Bar in Royal Oak, has a bold suggestion this holiday season: Consider roasting pork loin instead.

Fenton made a brioche-stuffed pork loin at Wednesday’s Dish & Design, presented by Homestyle at EuroAmerica Design in Troy. He served it over a roasted sweet potato puree with a special cranberry sauce (his secret ingredient: blueberries).

New menu debuts at Tom's Oyster Bar

A new menu debuts today at Tom’s Oyster Bar in Royal Oak, where recently arrived executive chef Norman Fenton has set out to upgrade and modernize everything in the house — even Tom’s traditional New England clam chowder.

New Menu at Tom's - DJN


Worth revisiting are the redeveloped 

menus at Ale Mary’s & Tom’s Oyster 

Bar in Royal Oak, where executive chef 

Norman Fenton is making big moves 

after coming on board this summer. 

Some of the highlights include...

Critics weigh on in Tom's Oyster Bar & others

including the lupe de mer — "oven-roasted sea bass, elegantly presented in a big white bowl topped with a subtle tomato-olive mixture, a scattering of capers and pickled wax beans, a market-priced dish and one that wouldn't be out of place in any of the area's upscale restaurants."

Dish & Design : Detroit News

We’ll also offer tips on setting up a festive holiday table, cooking new fun holiday recipes, and what wine to pair with those dishes.

Appetizers also will be provided courtesy of Ale Mary’s Craft Beer Hall in Royal Oak and wine from Tom’s Oyster Bar.

Michigan Craft Beer Stroll

Sample Michigan Craft Beer and Food from Royal Oak’s top restaurants in this self-guided walking tour through downtown Royal Oak.

A portion of the proceeds benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland and Macomb Counties.

Tickets are $40 in advance (plus Eventbrite service charge) and $50 the day of, if there are any left.  Each ticket gets you a sample of food and a sample of beer from each participating location.  Tickets at:

Chef Norman Fenton IN at Tom's Oyster Bar

Former Bistro 82 executive sous chef Norman Fenton is transitioning into a new role as executive chef at Tom's Oyster Bar in Royal Oak. Fenton began revamping the menu last week. [Freep]

HOT LIST : Spanish Coffee

#1 Tom's Oyster Bar (Royal Oak)
The secret to an excellent Spanish coffee is Tia Maria, a vanilla-infused Jamaican coffee liqueur. For many years, Tom's was widely renowned across metro Detroit for having the best Spanish coffee EVAH. 

Sea Food & Eat it

I added another thing to my daily grateful list;  I am so happy that I’m allergic to Goldenrod . . .  and NOT shell-fish, Thank you, thank you, thank you. 

We ventured out of our city limits and landed at Tom’s Oyster Bar in Royal Oakfor what turned out to be a magnificent seafood fiesta.

Freep 5: 5 places to slurp an oyster

You either love 'em — or the very thought repulses you. But for fans of thick-shelled mollusks served raw on the half shell, slurping oysters is pure pleasure. Here are five great places to find your bliss.

Food Spotting : Tom's Oyster Bar

See pics and more at Foodspotting.


See our Chef on Channel 4

Ale Mary’s Fatty’s Final Beer Cheese Dip uses a combination of cheeses, a kick of garlic and jalapenos and smoky bacon. This dip and burger spread is unexpectedly elevated by the addition of Warren-based Dragonmead Microbrewery’s Final Absolution. Featured in a dip, or a glass, it’s a perfect choice for parties and sure to win over guests for the big game. 


Royal Oak Restaurant Week

The restaurants range from fine dining to diners and everything in between, and the three price tags work for sandwiches, steaks, pastas, and more. To get the best deals, check out the menus beforehand as some restaurants are only serving dinner, and others have meals at $15, $25, and $35 all on the same menu.

Metro Detroit craft brew lovers don't have to worry about to how to fill the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 18.

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