I finally made my way down to the Merry Arts Pub & Grille on Detroit Avenue.
For anyone who hasn't heard, was a favorite of actor Tom Hanks during his days with The Great Lakes Theater Shakespeare Festival. He even mentioned it on the Late Night Show with David Letterman back in the 80s. Apparently he loved the tacos.
And how could you not?
I don't want to play favorites, but the taco Thursday at the Merry Arts will be hard to beat.
First off, I love the atmosphere of Merry Arts. It's got a laid back, welcoming feel.
With such a variety of people in one place, I felt like I could sit next to anyone there and strike up an interesting conversation. It just might be the quintessential neighborhood pub. And not to mention, there's a killer beer list (we all know I'm a sucker for a good microbrew list). And the tacos. SOOOOOO good. I don't know this for a fact, but I believe the shells are made fresh to order, and if they aren't, I'd really like to know their secret for getting them so warm, flaky, and flexible.
It was the perfect shell, the kind that when you bit in still maintained it's structural integrity, meaning all of the taco contents stayed inside. Let's face it, that's pretty important when eating a taco. I hate when I take one bite, only to look down and see all the meat, cheese, and tomatoes is on the plate and I'm just left with a sad crumpled shell.
I got the mild tacos, which had just enough bite to leave me satisfied. The meat was cooked to perfection, with very little grease, just enough to keep the entire contents of the taco moist. The was fresh and flavorful, paired with just the right amount of cheese.
While there has yet to be a taco night I wouldn't recommend, the Merry Arts is at the top of the list of must visits.
Grab a seat at the bar or a table, get yourself something to drink, grab some popcorn, and head back to the kitchen to place an order for some of the best tacos you've ever tasted.
The Merry Arts Pub and Grille has tacos on special every Monday and Thursday.
And if you ever happen to run into Tom Hanks you'll have something instantly in common.