Taste of Muskegon names winners of Taste Plate competition

Burl & Spring won first place in the Best Lite Bite category for its Shrimp Ceviche. Pictured (from left) are Jessie Wilde, marketing and communications director for Burl & Sprig, Chef Steven Shaw of Burl and Sprig, Miss Michigan Vivian Zhong and Muskegon Mayor Stephen Gawron. Courtesy Taste of Muskegon

Taste of Muskegon named 15 winners and two honorable mentions at its annual Taste Plate Awards ceremony last Saturday.

Nearly 30 local restaurants and food trucks competed for judged and public-vote honors. They competed in various categories such as People’s Choice, Best Taste, Best New Bite, Best Dessert, Best Beer and Bacon presented by Tyler Sales, Best Lite Bite, Best Booth and Sustainability.

The 2021 Taste Plate Award winners are:

People’s Choice

  1. Tiki Boiz
  2. Hamburger Mikey

Best Taste

  1. Tiki Boiz: Karate Kid Burger
  2. Hamburger Mikey: Jamaican Elvis Slider

Best New Bite

  1. Burl & Sprig: Honey soy brussel sprouts
  2. Soul Filled Eatery: Deep fried shrimp and grits

Best Dessert

  1. Occidental Eats: Bob Harvey Special
  2. Yodels Frozen Yogurt: Strawberry cheesecake deluxe

Best Beer and Bacon presented by Tyler Sales

  1. Bone Ends: Beer bread BLT and beer cheese potato soup
  2. Rolling Stone Woodfire Pizza Co.: Oktoberfest

Best Lite Bite

  1. Burl & Sprig: Shrimp Ceviche
  2. Tiki Boiz: Woke Bowl

Best Booth

  • Hearthstone Bistro
  • Hamburger Mikey


  1. Tiki Boiz

Honorable Mention: Rolling Stone Woodfire Pizza Co.

Honorable Mention: Burl & Sprig

“It was wonderful to be back in Hackley Park. All the chefs came to play with some terrific tastes,” said Lisa Kraus, marketing director of Taste of Muskegon. “The atmosphere of this event is so special. There’s nothing like having dinner with the whole community.”

Taste of Muskegon will return next year on June 17-18.

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