By Anthony Brancaleone

Sometimes, it’s the simple things in life that we seek. Not everything must be a big production. A comfortable, neighborhood diner, where we can meet friends and family for food, coffee, and extended conversation can be the perfect choice following the holidays. Maybe, you have something like this in your neighborhood. Just north of downtown Royal Oak on Main Street there is Niki’s Restaurant.

Niki’s has been family owned and operated for over 25 years. The small space, which has undergone some design changes over the years, offers plenty of natural morning light, and delivers an inviting, warm ambiance that’s perfect for post holiday hangovers.

Though, known for an array of home baked fruit and custard pies, muffins, coffee cakes, and sweet rolls, I tend to start my day with poached eggs (medium well), bacon, and potatoes (with grilled onion) whenever I’m dining at Niki’s. Invariably, a member of my party will order one of the many variations of crepes (usually chocolate), however, so I might be fortunate enough to have a taste of something sweet.

The service at Niki’s has always proven to be considerate and kind, and if you’re lucky you may find yourself in a good discussion with Anna, a veteran in the business, who has brought many smiles to the faces of diners who share her love of the Detroit Lions and Red Wings.

Niki’s Restaurant offers good food, good service, and reasonable rates. What you bring to the table will determine how well you enjoy the experience. So, choose your companions wisely, dear readers, and enjoy the long, cold, winter ahead.

703 N Main St, Royal Oak MI 48067 (248) 546. 5061