Where to Eat When Your Folks are Footing the Bill

. September 1, 2016.
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The college diet: fried food, pizza binges and plenty of beer. It’s not exactly fine dining. But every once in awhile, something magical happens — parents (or your roommate’s mom) come into town and offer to take you out to dinner.

This isn’t the time to be proud. If you get the chance to eat a real meal, complete with something exotic (like vegetables), take it. Here’s where to go when your parents are picking up the tab.

Gandy Dancer
734-769-0592
This train station turned restaurant has valet service out front
— that’s how you know a spot is classy.

Priciest menu item: Alaskan King Crab Legs
1 1/2 lbs, Portuguese rice, Asparagus: $58

Mani Osteria
734-769-6700
For Italian food like mom makes it, and pizza that doesn’t come
with a side of cheesy bread.

Priciest menu item: Lamb Chops Scottadito
Salt roasted sunchokes, lemon, mint, arugula: $28

Black Pearl
734-222-0400
Seafood and martini’s that make you feel like the classiest
pirate in town.

Priciest menu item: Coffee Rubbed Filet
Filet Mignon, coffee, butter poached broccoli, sweet potato risotto, grapefruit buerre rouge: $34

Ruth’s Chris
734-585-5155
If you want to eat a wallet-breaking steak in an empty restaurant.

Priciest menu item: Tomahawk Ribeye
USDA Prime bone-in 40oz ribeye, well-marbled: $115

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