Thursday, September 1, 2011

[Real Detroit Weekly] Global Eats

A little preview of some of the "eats" at the 2011 Arts, Beats and Eats.

All photos by Nicole Rupersburg.

Heavenly Chicken and Waffles
Americans like to fry things even more than the notoriously unhealthy Scottish, but at Heavenly Chicken and Waffles everything is made in-house from scratch and is made to order, including their golden Belgian waffles topped with melted butter and crispy, flavorful hand-battered chicken. It’s a healthier way to deep-fry. Check out their new location inside Marilyn’s American Tavern in Greektown.

Katana Steakhouse and Little Tree Sushi Bar
Little Tree Sushi Bar has been in Royal Oak forever and ever, and is still one of metro Detroit’s favorite places for sushi (and is the place where many metro Detroiters popped their sushi cherry). Little Tree offers Japanese, Thai and Phillipino on their menu, and their sister restaurant Katana Steakhouse (located next door) is a Japanese-style hibachi steakhouse with more of that infamous sushi.

Camelia’s Mexican Grill
The newly-opened Camelia’s Mexican Grill in Royal Oak (their second location) serves up delicious, flavorful Mexican-American dishes using all homemade ingredients – corn and flour tortillas, tortilla chips, salsa, guacamole – to create simple yet fantastic dishes that err more on the side of Mexican than American, a refreshing new addition to an area that was lacking. This is a family-owned operation (Camelia is the owner’s mom) and feels just as friendly and welcoming as being in Camelia’s kitchen.

What Crepe?
Hands-down one of the best restaurants in metro Detroit, What Crepe? is an adorable Euro-style café. Walking in you’ll feel instantly transported to a chic Parisian bistro; the décor is both dramatic and fun. But the food shines above all: they have over 50 crepes (savory and sweet) and every single one is outstanding. Fresh, flavorful ingredients, delicate crepe shells, and inventive combinations in huge portions at affordable prices in an achingly romantic setting? J’adore!

Union Jack’s
Any time Union Jack’s catering company has a booth at one of the local festivals they ALWAYS have the longest line. Maybe it’s because this is the only opportunity most people have to try their food … or maybe it’s just their food. Crispy, flaky, juicy deep-fried fish and chips just like you get at tiny little food stands all over the U.K., and their piece de resistance: the deep-fried Mars bar.

Pegasus Tavernas
One of Greektown’s longest-standing Greek restaurants, now attached to the Greektown Casino, Pegasus Tavernas serves up an enormous variety of traditional Greek dishes, from marinated olives and artichoke hearts to rich stuffed grape leaves and juicy grilled lamb chops. And, of course, the Greektown classic saganaki: Greek kasseri cheese flamed with brandy and doused in lemon. Opa!

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