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Corktown Strut Food Festival: All the Vital Details Revealed

Exclusive off-menu dishes, beer, cocktails, and more

Fried chicken sandwich from Gold Cash Gold.
Fried chicken sandwich from Gold Cash Gold.
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Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

Corktown Strut, a new summer music, arts, and food festival, kicks off next week. Located in one of Detroit’s best food neighborhoods, festival organizers have coordinated with 10 local eateries as well as Batch Brewing Co. and Two James Distillery to offer exclusive menu items, beers, cocktails, and pop-up menus.

The 21+ ticketed events launch on July 1 with a party at Two James Annex featuring performances by The HandGrenades, Valley Hush, and Shigeto and Ryan Spencer. July 2 and July 3 will showcase events at venues throughout the neighborhood, starting with Two James, Batch Brewing Co., Katoi, MotorCity Wine, UFO Factory, and PJ’s Lager House on Saturday and Mudgie’s and McShane’s Pub on Sunday. Corktown Strut provided Eater with an exclusive first-look at the food options participating in 2016’s Corktown Strut. Specials, unless otherwise noted, run from June 27 through July 3.


Official Beer: Batch Brewing Co’s Wheated Session IPA

Official Cocktail: Two James Distillery’s Blue Wren

Cocktails from Tequila Cabresto and Jägermeister


Slows Bar-B-Q: Beef Brisket Coney Fries — $10

Waffle fries, house smoked brisket Coney sauce, sharp cheddar, red onion, jalapenos and South Carolina mustard.

Katoi: Banh Mi Sandwich — $10

House smoked ham, house made bologna, chicken liver pate, Sriracha aioli, pickled jalapeno, pickled carrot, fresh cilantro on a french baguette.

PJ’s Lager House: Grilled Alligator Po’Boy — $13

Pan seared alligator, PJ's remoulade sauce, mixed greens, tomato, red onion, on a fresh bolillo bun. Comes with hand cut Cajun sweet potato fries.

Batch Brewing Co.: Roasted Bone Marrow — $11

Roasted bone marrow, parsley caper lemon pesto, spinach salad served with grilled baguette. Other dishes: like lamb shank sliders and key lime pie with homemade raspberry whipped cream

Brooklyn Street Local: Smoked Pork Loin Sandwich — $11

House smoked pork loin, house made maple mustard, sweet mustard pickles, blue cheese aioli, fresh arugula on a whole wheat bun. Comes with your choice of either fries or a salad.

Mudgie’s Deli: Crabby Sammy — $14

Two four-ounce homemade crab cakes, mustard seed remoulade, avocado, onion, tomato, fresh romaine lettuce on toasted sourdough bread.

Mercury Burger Bar: Dry Aged Lamb Butter Burger — $12

Dry aged lamb, dry aged butter, feta cheese, red onion on a English muffin. Served with an order of fries or tots.

Ottava Via: Meatball Tramezzini — $12

House made pasta and meatballs, peppers, onion, fresh herbs stuffed in house made tramezzino-style bread.

Gold Cash Gold: Fried Chicken Sandwich — $10

Pickle-brined fried chicken thigh, spicy garlic dill pickles, pickle juice aioli, habanero hot sauce on a potato bun.

Le Petit Zinc: Ratatouille & Goat Cheese — $11

Squash, eggplant, onion, tomatoes and goat cheese. Either served with your option of baguette or in a crepe.

MotorCity Wine: Chef Matt Tulpa’s ViceCream and Salt and Saffron (July 2-July 3)

Visit the Corktown Strut website for details on the festival’s many musical acts and to snag tickets.