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Cheers: News from Hamtramck’s dining scene

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Something delicious has been popping up in one of Hamtramck’s neighborhood bars.

Gingersnap is a Sunday evening pop-up from chef Summer Radtke at Baker’s Streetcar bar at 9817 Joseph Campau. She calls her dishes “next level comfort food.”

A recent menu featured fried chicken, pecan pie, cornbread casserole, beet tartare and stuffed squash. Radtke says that her menu changes each week and she always has some vegetarian options and a few specialty craft cocktails.

She named her pop up Gingersnap because she has fond memories of eating gingersnap cookies with a can of pineapple juice at her grandmother’s house.

“Try it, it’s better than it sounds,” she says, adding that the name also has something to do with her fiery red hair. Find Gingersnap at Baker’s 5-9 p.m. every Sunday. Check out her Instagram @gingersnap_eats for each week’s menu.

Around the corner at Bumbo’s Bar, 3001 Holbrook, their Wednesday pop-ups are underway as well. Around 7 p.m. barflies can enjoy gourmet pierogi, a soup (mushroom was a recent offering) and salads.

Bumbo’s often has food on Sundays, too. Pair your craft beer with chicken chili or a sausage and cheese plate. You can also get a Bloody Mary and a Stroh’s for $5.

Zen Cafe reopens in Hamtramck

Here’s more news from the Hamtramck dining scene: The cozy basement cafe at the Detroit Zen Center reopened after a long absence this week.

Run by the Living Zen Organics nonprofit (you may have seen their products at markets around town), the kitchen serves only organic, vegan and gluten-free food. The monks’ focus is on nutrition, as well as taste.

One popular item is the mermaid stew made with lentils, mung beans and more than 20 spices and herbs. That will be available daily, as well as a second soup that rotates. Besides two soups the cafe will have two salads — kale and quinoa or baby field greens with cranberries, walnuts and onion — and two entrees. The always-rotating entree offerings could include portobello pilaf, sprouted chick pea falafel or vegan sunshine burgers. There’s a raw juice and smoothie bar, too.

Guests can sit at low tables on a raised, heated platform, or at traditional tables and chairs. The cafe is also a store that sells organic bulk food (beans, grains, nuts, dried fruit) and organic body care and cleaning products.

The cafe and store is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat. The kitchen closes at 5 p.m.

Deliciously brief

■Fast-casual pizza chain 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza has opened its first Michigan location at 32427 Gratiot in Roseville. Customers decide between the 11-inch or 14-inch pie, choose toppings and then it’s fired in a 1000 degree oven.

■The Ironwood Grill’s newest location opened Friday at 209 Hamilton Row in Birmingham. The sports bar and restaurant has two other locations, in Plymouth and Royal Oak.

Food & beverage events

2015 Greater Detroit ShawarmaFest at Royal Oak Farmers Market: Soak up the garlic-y goodness of one of our city’s favorite foods, shawarma. Besides the Middle Eastern sandwich, the event will have a falafel and hummus competition, raw juice and smoothies, vendors, DJs and stuff for kids. 6-9:30 p.m. Thurs. $10, $8 ages 6-12 in advance, $2 more at the door. Tickets include $5 food voucher. 316 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak.

Discover the Art of Blending with Johnnie Walker at Stray Cat Lounge: A whiskey master will talk about blended whiskey while guests sample Johnnie Walker Black, Double Black, Gold, Platinium and Blue. 6:30 p.m. Thurs. $50. 40813 Garfield, Clinton Township. (586) 741-8544.

Made in Michigan Craft Beer and Wine Festival at Diesel Concert Lounge: Locally-made beverages, plus bands and 50/50 raffle. 7 p.m. Fri. $30 in advance, $35 at the door. 33151 23 Mile, Chesterfield Township. (586) 725-2228.

FestivALE at One-Eyed Betty’s: Christmas beer, comfort food and Americana music. Noon-midnight Sat. $30 in advance. 175 W. Troy, Ferndale. (248) 808-6633.

Thanksgiving Breakfast at Da Edoardo Foxtown Grille: This family friendly breakfast has a street-side view of the America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as it marches down Woodward on Nov. 26. The menu includes a full breakfast buffet for a flat rate of $85, $35 for kids. Mimosas and Bloody Marys will be available. 2203 Woodward, Detroit. Call (313) 471-3500 for reservations.

Dark Saturday at HopCat Detroit: This Midtown bar will attempt to break it’s own world record for most beers from a single brewery on tap when they run Dark Horse beers through all 130 of its lines. 11 a.m. Nov. 28. 4265 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 769-8828.