If you're hungry for the latest restaurant news from around Oakland County, we've got you covered! Read on to find out what's new, what's closed, what's coming and more.
Hippies Pizza in Royal Oak: Owner Christopher Culbartson, a second generation hippie who went to Woodstock in 1999, has put together a menu that includes 40 toppings, eight cheeses and nine sauces, as well as vegan-friendly and gluten-free options. “We even make a peanut butter-and-jelly pizza for kids and fried Twinkies for dessert,” Culbartson said. But, what really sets Hippies apart from all of the other pizza shops in town is its late-night deliveries, which include anything you need from the nearby 7-Eleven. “Late nights are crazy in this town. Nothing is open. People have a lot of needs, from condoms to baby food. We double our orders in the last three hours we are open because people need us,” Culbartson said. Call 248-733-1111 or visit www.hippiespizza.com for more information.
The three watering holes recently were included in Drink Michigan's "Best of 2012" list. Valentine Vodka is located in a distillery that features a 1,000-square foot vodka and martini bar; call 248-629-9951 or visit Valentine Vodka on Facebook for more information. The Oakland is modeled after speakeasies of the 1920s with vintage decor and drinks; call 248-291-5295 or visit The Oakland on Facebook for more information. One-Eyed Betty's is a bar and restaurant that offers more than 100 bottled and tap beers, wine and cocktails; call 248-808-6633 or visit One-Eyed Betty's on Facebook for more information. You can also find Drink Michigan on Facebook.
Zazios in Birmingham: The colorful and modern restaurant at the corner of Woodward Avenue and Maple Road will close its doors Jan. 31. Taking its place will be a "new and exciting concept" that will be revealed soon, Greenleaf Hospitality Group public relations and marketing manager Sarah Lee said. Zazios, which has been open since July 2010, boasts a 24-seat table that surrounds a kitchen stage where a chef prepared a meal each night. Call 248-530-6400 or visit zazios.com for more information.