Tacos take home Best Bacon Dish prize at Bacon Bash
Bacon pasta, candied bacon, a bacon cheeseburger and even a bacon and spinach salad competed for the prize of Best Bacon Dish Saturday night at the jam-packed Bacon Bash at the Royal Oak Farmers Market.
It was a plate of spicy tacos from the Crazy Gringo Mexican Cantina that the judges scored the highest, however, earning the Best Bacon Dish title.
They win an entry into the 2018 World Food Championships this November in Alabama. Simply Gourmand won the prize for Best Dessert at the Bacon Bash and will also head to the national competition.
The Clinton Township restaurant presented a dish of crunchy tacos with a homemade shell stuffed with smoked bacon, greens and spicy, tender barbacoa beef that was slow roasted for seven hours. The tacos were drizzled with sour cream, a lime-tequila sauce and a habanero sauce.
“Let’s go to Disney World!” said Crazy Gringo owner Tom Basilos just after finding out his restaurant, which he opened three years ago, was the big winner. He gives credit to his chef Serrafin Yanez.
People’s Choice awards were given out based on attendee voting. Club Venetian won Most Unique Dish, SOUPer Bowl took home Most Flavorful, Granite City Brewery won Best Dessert and the International Culinary School was voted Best All Around.
The sold out event drew more than 1,500 bacon lovers, which also poured more than 100 beer varieties and boasted two Bloody Mary bars.
Last year's judges' pick for Best Bacon Dish was chef Omar Mitchell from I Luv Cheese restaurant. He returned this year with his new company Craft Creative Catering and an exciting pasta-making display that drew a line all evening.