Wyandotte Street Art Fair: Where to eat, drink

The Wyandotte Street Art Fair, one of Michigan’s largest art fairs, begins Wednesday and runs through Saturday in downtown Wyandotte.

The four-day downriver fair is located along Biddle Street in downtown Wyandotte, between Oak Street and Eureka, and is in its 61st year. You can stroll along its main drag or turn into a side street and there are plenty of offerings from restaurants.

Longtime favorites on Biddle, or just a block, include Mediterranean fare at Nanna’s Kitchen, sliders at Joe’s Hamburgers and an array of sandwiches, burgers, and salads at Whiskeys on the Water.

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Newcomers to downtown Wyandotte include the Iron Gate on Biddle Avenue and La Creme Patisserie in Maple. The beloved pastry shop opened a few months ago and features a wide range of European-style pastries from freshly baked croissants and tarts to cakes and cannolis.

Iron Gate offers a shareable menu with entrees of burgers and steaks.

There will also be street food vendors at the fair offering philly steaks, cinnamon rolls, kielbasa, pierogi, places for tacos, burgers, pasta, and more.

Wyandotte also has a well-established “social zone”. The Social Quarter allows alcohol in specially labeled packages and in areas between licensed establishments.

Signs with boundaries, rules, and facilities for a “social area” are placed around Wyandotte. You will find a printable map of social neighborhood facilities at wyandotte.net.

There are now 20 participating restaurants in the social area of ​​Wyandotte. Her social neighborhood is from 11 am to 11 pm daily.

Here’s a sampling of places to eat, have a drink, or spend time at the Wyandotte Street Art Fair.

bobcat pony

118 Gemayze Street; bobcatbonnies.com

Bobcat Bonnie recently redesigned the outdoor patio.

This spot on Sycamore Street, off Biddle Street, is one of five Detroit metro locations for Bobcat Pony. Bobcat Bonnie’s is known for its signature cocktails, weekly specials, burgers, sandwiches, salads, shareable menu and more. Bobcat Bonnie’s has a recently remodeled covered patio area, adding comfortable sofa seating along with table seating with plenty of green accents for outdoor plants. For the street fair, Bobcat Bonnie’s will be setting up an outdoor bar.

Nearby: Grand Dad’s Bar, Taco Bros, and Coastal Thai.

Frank family pizza

3144 Biddle Street; frankspizza1952.com

The new owners, brothers Brandon, Zane Hunt and Josh Kidd, who own nearby Whiskey on Water and Iron Gate, are celebrating the first anniversary of this longtime pizza place. Frank has been around since 1952. Many of Frank’s original classic pizzas, including cheese and pepperoni, are still served. Frank also serves up the modern Detroit-style pizza that the Hunt Brothers are famous for. As pizza lovers, the Hunt brothers grew up downstream and took Detroit-style pizza to Texas, opening Pizza Via 313 in 2011, which has grown to several locations. During the street fair, Frank will have an outdoor pizza booth next to the slice. Frank now has a new techno-style patio on the side of the 40-person building.

Seafood H2O

3233 Biddle Avenue; h2oseafood.net

Morel Crispy Chilean Sea Bass with Truffle Champagne Sauce

Now opened nearly three years ago on Biddle Street, this seafood spot is owned by chef David Wood. Wood says it sourced an abundance of fresh fish from around the world, including Chilean sea bass, grouper, tilefish, pigfish, and swordfish, all prepared just the way you like it. More recently, they developed an oyster program to sell raw oysters on a half-shell. The program features oysters from regions as diverse as Great Britain, Prince Edward Island, Japan, and the West Coast regions of the United States and Canada. During the street fair, Wood creates a raw bar outside on a 90-seat patio shared with Gizzmos next door.

Nearby: Next to H2O, Wood will be serving Alvi’s BBQ outside of Gizzmos during the street fair. The limited menu features smoked ham – mac and cheese with pulled pork and cole slaw – pulled pork sandwiches, and Gouda smoked mac and cheese.

iron gate

3019 Biddle Ave.; irongatebarwyandotte.com

Craft cocktails are a specialty at Iron Gate, a new restaurant in downtown Wyandotte.

This new spot in Biddle is from Whiskeys on the Water owner Josh Cade. It opened last September. On the menu are chef-curated small plates, lunch and dinner items. Their “Proper Bites” menu features pork and ginger dumplings, bang bang shrimp, and tandoori chicken skewers. They also have flatbread and dinner entrees of crunchy salmon, burger mix, and Delmonico steak. Lunch and dinner will only be served and Iron Gate will open at 11am during the Street Art Fair. Its bar menu features quality cocktails. They will also have a kiosk outside serving cocktails and handcrafted drinks.

joe hamburger

3041 Biddle Ave. joeshamburgers.net

Joe's Hamburgers are famous for their slides.

Opened in Biddle since 2009, this place is known for its slides. The basic slider is served with grilled onions, mustard, ketchup and pickles. It’s a small place, but with a large menu of sliders, signature burgers, hot dogs, and fresh fries, according to their online menu. There are many types of hot dogs, sandwiches, and even poutine – French fries with layers of curd cheese and poutine sauce, usually gravy. For the street fair, they modified the menu offerings to provide a simplified service for the street fair. Joe’s Hamburgers are also serving street-side cocktails from Atwater Brewery this year. The cocktail is served for a limited time during the street fair and features Faygo Firework Pop music and Valentine vodka.

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