I love “Taste of…” events. I think it’s an excellent way for people to explore a town through its food and for a town to draw people to its center.
Christopher and I checked out the fifth-annual Taste of Muskegon in downtown Muskegon on Saturday and Sunday.
Almost 20 local restaurants had items for sale from $1 to $5 apiece—from barbecue ribs to crab cakes to ice cream. We tried to sample things we’ve never had before, so that ruled out a few places, like Buffalo Wild Wings, Red Robin and Texas Roadhouse.
Here’s what we tasted over the course of lunch Saturday, dinner Saturday and lunch Sunday:
- The Twist pizza and The Fire Bird pizza from BernieO’s
- Strawberry smoothie from The Coffee House
- Jerk chicken and jambalaya from Donnie’s BBQ
- Applewood smoked BBQ ribs and smoked pulled BBQ pork from Greek Tony’s
- Maryland-style crab cake from Hearthstone Bistro
- Banger on a bun from Hennessy’s Irish Pub
- Cha sui (BBQ pork) and egg rolls from House of Chan
- Tennessee toffee ice cream and Scout’s honor mint chocolate cookie ice cream from Ruth Ann’s Ice Cream
- Cannoli from Teddy Spaghetti’s
Christopher’s favorites were The Fire Bird pizza, which is topped with ghost pepper, the hottest pepper in the world, and the Tuscan bean and goat cheese dip, which came with homemade, seasoned tortilla chips and homemade, toasted pita triangles.
My favorites were the jambalaya, which just spicy enough for me, and the Maryland-style crab cake, which came with a spicy remoulade for dipping.
We worked the Muskegon Lumberjacks table, getting the word out about tickets and the free All-Star games that were going on this weekend, in between walks and mini-feasts. We also took in said hockey games and stopped home in between shifts this weekend.
All in all, we had a great time—soaking up the sun, tasting some yummy food and discovering new restaurants. We’re pretty stoked for Taste of Chicago next weekend. 🙂
Does your community host a “Taste of…” event or have you ever been to one?