One of the dangers of going to Arts Beats & Eats is trying to figure out what to eat. Even with a handful of food tickets and my best efforts to graze throughout the day and do the small plates street food thing, there are too many choices. Just too many. And most of them are good.
If you have the same dilemma and are open to suggestions, here are some of my favorite restaurants that will be tenting up in Downtown Royal Oak over Labor Day weekend …
Bastone Brewery: I really hope they bring the steamers to cook up some mussels! One of my favorite trips to Bastone was to sample their beer and moules (mussels) flights with my dearest gentleman friend. Yes, sharing is romantic, and sharing with a well-paired foodie is even more fun. We were equally most impressed with the wine and bleu cheese mussels, but that not to say that their curry cream, mustard shallot, and beer and onion weren’t enjoyable, too.
Polish Village Café: I just gave these folks some love last week. Aside from being distinctly Detroit (and who doesn’t have or know someone with Polish/Hamtramck roots in the area?), they come pretty close to all the stuff my Busia used to make.
Sangria Tapas Café: I’m not a fried cheese/mushroom/zucchini kind of gal when it comes to hanging out with my friends for drinks, but when I do, Sangria is one of my (and our) favorite places. If they’re bringing tapas to their tent, get your friends to each order something different and share and compare.
What Crepe?: If you’ve never been to Paris, crepes are THE street food. OK, so I’ve never been to Paris, but it does have fun and inventive menu. However, if you really want the truly decadent crepe experience, stop in with your lover for the ambiance and the music selection. It also has a limited, but fun, wine selection, too.
Palm Palace: Normally, I’m not a big fan of chain restaurants, but I’ve been lucky enough to spend some time with Palm Palace CEO Mustafa Dakroub and Executive Chef Jamil Eid to talk about and discover what goes into the fabulous Middle Eastern and Moroccan dishes they serve (and I often enjoy) at their three restaurants (Ann Arbor, Auburn Hills and Clinton Township). Good stuff, fresh stuff, and meticulously planned and quality controlled under Chef Jamil’s 40 years of culinary experience. Also, the stuff they serve at their tent are definitely some of the healthiest choices you’ll find in street food fair at Arts Beats & Eats.
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