Arts Beats and Eats, the Labor Day weekend fest is back in Royal Oak where the crowds are soaking up the sun, sounds and plenty of good eats. There is literally something for all tastes, with booths featuring everything from flavorful cultural dishes, to seafood, to summer fun food, to mouthwatering desserts. Additionally, the smoky aromas are sure to pull you in to BBQ Alley on Center Street north of 4th, for some ‘finger lickin’ good’ samples from the likes of Lockhart’s BBQ, Slab-n-Slice, and RUB Detroit.
The following are some can’t miss favorites:
Try the lobster roll by Mitchell’s Seafood. Chock full of tasty lobster meat on a soft roll. Thought about going back for a second one.
Soaring Eagle prepared a number of great options, including the prime rib sandwich--layers of shaved prime rib topped with sautéed onions and mushrooms, and the Caesar salad in a parmesan cone.
The rib tips at Jackson’s Five Star Catering were good, the tangy sauce was delicious. Better yet, stop at Lockhart’s for their burnt ends or grab the Carolina pulled pork Sammy topped with cole slaw. My favorite dish of the day. We wanted to grab ribs at RUB as well, but they didn't seem to be set up yet when we got there.
5th Avenue’s ‘Bubba Gump’ shrimp was a tasty mouthful and a generous portion, as were the jambalaya and mac-n-cheese at Andre’s Louisiana Seafood. The jambalaya has just a bit of heat, and the mac is nice and rich. For dessert, Andre’s sweet potato pie completes the comfort food coma.
One of my favorite Royal Oak restaurants, Bastone Brewery offered Belgian style chicken and waffles, an onion tart, and my favorite dessert of the day, caramel apple pie—sort of an apple tart with layers of goodness. Other dessert standouts include the chocolate mousse shooter at Sheraton Detroit Novi, and ‘Yia Yia’s baklava’ at Kouzina -- Greek 'street food' coming later this month to Royal Oak, in the former Zumba's, across from the Main Art Theater.
There’s still time to get over to Arts Beatsand Eats. What are you waiting for?