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The Root Named Restaurant of the Year

Detroit Free Press names new White Lake eatery top restaurant pick for 2012.

Many White Lake residents had already known about the wonderful cuisine at The Root Restaurant & Bar and now many more in metro Detroit will soon become of aware.

The Detroit Free Press today has named The Root its 2012 Restaurant of the Year.

With an emphasis on modern American cuisine, the Root, located at 340 Town Center Blvd in White Lake, sits in a 4,700-square-foot building in the Village Lakes Shopping Center next to . Its original plans called for 111 interior seats and 28 outside. It serves lunch and dinner and is open every day but Sunday.

The restaurant's chef, James Rigato, described the food as modern American. He also said he wants the atmosphere in the restaurant to have a casual feel.

“We don’t want a restaurant that people are afraid to come in because of the dress code,” Rigato told White Lake Patch a year ago.

White Lake Local Editor Brooke Tajer will be beside herself with this news. She has she's been touting the restaurant's flavorful food, its ambience and friendliness of the chef. She learned about the impending restaurant last spring and couldn't wait for it's grand opening, which she reviewed in June.

And for the record, it was her site of choice for her bridal shower in October 2011.

Expect to see increased traffic along Town Center Boulevard in the upcoming weeks and year.

hartland eagle February 06, 2012 at 03:34 AM
If you're worried about what the gas costs to drive from Troy to White Lake - I'd suspect it's out of your price, anyway...
Mike February 06, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Chris, It just came to me.......What made you think Teresa was referring to you in the first place? Just to put things into perspective........Opinions and advice are best appreciated when asked for. Nobody asked for yours. And you should apologize to Nancy when she was only trying to direct you in the direction you were seeking. Not complain. She didn't deserve that. I apologize if I offended you, I just didn't appreciate you jamming your opinion down my throat.
Mike February 06, 2012 at 04:05 AM
Hey Matt, It may have shown up in your mailbox, and your spam filter may have omitted the attachments, but the alert had "White Lake Patch" written in the header. Perhaps if we all saw it, we may have ignored it......I for one was interested and enjoyed the article. It may not have been a local story, but I for one have been looking for a new restaurant to check out.
chris murray February 06, 2012 at 04:09 AM
First of all I am not male since you referred to me as he in one of your comments above. Second of all I said nothing at all derogatory to Nancy so I really don't know what your issue is here. Last of all I simply asked why this was in the Troy Patch and you seemed to take offense with my question and started an attack on me. I will be unsubscribing to Troy Patch if this is the way a person is treated for asking a simple little question. It's all yours Mike and you don't have to worry because I will no longer ask or comment since I'm done with this online paper because of the way this went.
Teresa Mask February 06, 2012 at 04:55 AM
It's really unfortunate that this conversation has turned so drastically away from comments about The Root. I'm turning off comments. Thanks to all who have participated.

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