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Tashmoo Biergarten = Love [DTW]

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Went down yesterday with my son and his girlfriend on a glorious fall day. Just the day for a biergarten. Tashmoo's in a vacant lot (easy parking around in the nabe), all built from rough/rustic/reclaimed materials. Long, long communal tables and benches stocked with board games and coloring books, music background heavy on Motown and at an apt level that made conversation easy.

Corridor Sausage selling their pork/chicken/cherry/pistachio pate with baguettes and homemade mustard. Delicious, rustic and mustard rocked with mustard seeds. We also shared pierogies-- cheese, mushroom on a bed of homemade sauerkraut from the People's Pierogi Cooperative, better than any I've ever had anywhere, light, flavorful. A peppered ham with crackers and cheese added some real spice and the bacon bratwurst on a bun with sweet and sour red cabbage was awesome. Sausage smoke wafted in the air, the bar served a wide array of craft beers made here -- stout, porter, I especially liked the Saugatuck IPA.

Mainly, the vibe was so friendly, and neighborly. We saw with some folks and started a spirited game of Candyland...how much fun we had! Everybody talking to everybody. Kids, older people, all just enjoying the day and the games and the food. Just the best about Detroit. We thought we'd stay and hour --- three hours later we were leaving.

One of the best days of the year...can't wait for next year.

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  1. You made me want to drive to Dearborn with your description. Please remind us next year when this will happen. Sounds like you had a great time with good food mixed in.

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    1. re: grouper

      >> You made me want to drive to Dearborn with your description.

      My understanding - and Detroiters, if I have this wrong, please correct me - is that Tashmoo Biergarten is a "pop-up" annual event in the West Village neighborhood of Detroit, and has no relationship with the restaurant in Dearborn called "Biergarten" (other than the fact that both serve beer outdoors).

      Media on Tashmoo Biergarten:
      http://thesouthend.wayne.edu/index.ph...
      http://metrotimes.com/culture/tashmoo...

      1. re: nsxtasy

        Great review, berkleybabe. Indeed, Sunday was perfect weather for a biergarten experience.

        NOT to confuse matters further, but I'm pretty certain the Beirgarten in Dearborn does not serve outdoors. If I'm wrong, my apologies.

        1. re: amandaqtpie

          >> NOT to confuse matters further, but I'm pretty certain the Beirgarten in Dearborn does not serve outdoors. If I'm wrong, my apologies.

          I haven't been there and was making that assumption based on the name. If I'm wrong, mine too.

        2. re: nsxtasy

          My fault...the original post showed a link to the location in Dearborn. I misread it.

          1. re: grouper

            Not a problem, and totally understandable. Sometimes the Chowhound software generates a link to a place with a similar name. Fortunately the Chowhound Team has removed it.

        3. I'll try and link some pix.