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Scope Out the Killer Food Lineup for Corktown Strut’s Arts and Music Festival

Astro Coffee ice cream, beer can chicken, shrimp po’boys, and more

PJ’s Lager House in Corktown.
Michelle and Chris Gerard

Music, arts, and food festival Corktown Strut is gearing up for a second year of summer mayhem in Detroit’s oldest neighborhood. In addition to hosting more than 60 live music acts, festival organizer Forward Arts Detroit is expanding the 2017 food lineup with 12 area restaurants, plus pop-ups and DJ performances by local chefs.

The food festival runs from June 26 through July 2, with restaurants including Ima, Batch Brewing Co., and PJ’s Lager House serving off-menu items. The main music festival is 21+ only and takes place on June 30 and July 1 at five Corktown venues (Dean Savage Park, UFO Factory, PJ's Lager House, and Mudgie’s on Saturday only; McShane's Pub and Two James Tasting Room on Friday only). Batch Brewing Co., Stroh’s, Two James Spirits, Cabresto Tequila, and Wolf Moon Mixers are all supplying beer and cocktails at the main stage in Dean Savage Park. Without further adieu, below find a guide to the complete food offerings at Corktown Strut:

Off-Menu Dishes

(Available June 26-July 2)

Shrimp ceviche from Ima in Corktown.
Courtesy of Corktown Strut

Batch Brewing Company (1408 Porter St.)
Ceviche: (shrimp, scallops, crab, spicy tomato mixture, tortilla chips)

Bahn Mi Bolillo: (vegetarian option with pickled veggies, jalapeno, cilantro, radish, mushrooms, and spicy mayo. Add shrimp $3, Add chicken or pork belly $2)

Gold Cash Gold (2100 Michigan Ave.)
Tonkatsu Pork Tenderloin Sandwich: (breaded pork tenderloin, apple mostrada, red onion, and brioche bun. Served with fries)

Ima (2015 Michigan Ave.)
Shrimp Ceviche and Crispy Garlic Rice: (gulf shrimp with sweet corn, fresh chilies, red onion and cilantro in a chili- lime marinade. Served with toasted garlic rice)

Slows Bar BQ (2138 Michigan Ave.)
Barbecue Tacos: (smoked pork shoulder, salsa bbq sauce, corn tortillas, queso chihuahua, coleslaw, and pepper pickled onions)

Brooklyn Street Local (1266 Michigan Ave.)
Montreal-Style Brisket Benny: (brined and smoked brisket, maple mustard, maple syrup poached egg, on rye bread with hollandaise)

McShane’s Irish Pub (1460 Michigan Ave.)
Beer Can Chicken: (half a chicken dry rubbed and cooked on the barbecue grill. Served with sweet potato fries, coleslaw, and cornbread)

PJ’s Lager House (1254 Michigan Ave.)
Holiday Lobster Roll: (lobster, mayonnaise, and a split top bun)

Mudgie’s Deli (1300 Porter St.)
Shrimp Po’Boy: (smoked shrimp on french bread, lettuce, tomato, pickle, and cajun remoulade)

Mercury Burger Bar (2163 Michigan Ave.)
Irish Nachos: (potato chips, applewood smoked bacon, grilled onions, cheese, and scallion)

Ottava Via (1400 Michigan Ave.)
Short Rib Sandwich: (Tuscan braised short rib with caramelized onions, fontina, gouda cheese, and arugula on ciabatta)

Red Dunn (1331 Trumbull Ave.)
Pork Belly Tacos: (braised pork belly tacos, sweet soy, cucumber radish carrot slaw, kimchi mayo, and cashews)

Astro Coffee (2124 Michigan Ave.)
Coffee Ice Cream: (milk, cream, eggs, sugar, and coffee)

Produce at The Farmer’s Hand in Corktown.
Michelle and Chris Gerard

Food Events

June 27

Detroit Music Magazine presents Broiler Room: Dr. Sushi and Satoshi Ramen will serve sushi. DJs Pure Rave (Nick George and Bryan Delaney), Shan Beaste, Ryan Spencer and Max Daley are performing. The event will also feature ping pong tables. Details: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at PJ's Lager House (1254 Michigan Ave.)

June 28

Detroit Electronic Quarterly Chef DJing Event: DJs turned chefs and restauranteurs Mike Ransom (Ima) and Greg Mudge (Mudgie's) will be performing live. Details: 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Two James (2445 Michigan Ave.)

June 29

Corktown Farmer's Market: Restaurant and market The Farmer’s Hand will be hosting the last Corktown Farmers Market of the season with produce, herbs, and flowers from local growers. Details: 4 p.m to 7 p.m. at The Farmer’s Hand (1701 Trumbull Ave.)

Corktown Strut Website [Official]
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