Taste of Downtown

update: Taste of Downtown was rescheduled due to the crazy San Diego blackout – hope you can all make it!

This Thursday, September 29, 2011 is the 12th Annual Taste of Downtown – are you going?  I’ve never been to a Taste of Somewhere event, so I’m looking forward to walking the streets of the Gaslamp (and environs), courtesy of McFarlane Promotions.

With over 50 restaurants handing out tasty bites, I’m wondering if I’ll need to take advantage of the shuttle running between the three downtown areas… maybe it’s best if I just power-walk everywhere to burn more calories.

Have you been to Taste of Downtown before?  Any favorite spots to hit?  Any advice for this newbie?

Press release and list of participating restaurants below:

Give your kitchen the night off and head Downtown for the 12th Annual Taste of Downtown, taking place on Thursday, September 8th, 2011 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM!  It’s another exciting year for this palate pleasing event, and the celebration includes some of the city’s most mouthwatering culinary delights.  The neighborhoods of Downtown will showcase several of their acclaimed eateries, as well as introduce locations that are new to town.  The Taste of Downtown allows your taste buds to explore the culinary diversity of our Downtown neighborhoods and restaurants, while experiencing the ambiance each district has to offer.  A complimentary shuttle service will be available for you to take to and from each neighborhood which will also make several stops along the way for you to sample at participating restaurants! 

The Taste of Downtown is continually expanding each year, with attendees sampling the freshest seafood, old-world Italian fare, decadent confections and classic American favorites.  Below is a list of participating locations, with new restaurants being added daily:

Gaslamp Quarter

  1. Acqua Al 2
  2. Bandar Restaurant
  3. Burger Lounge
  4. Chianti Restaurant
  5. de’Medici Cucina Italiana
  6. Dick’s Last Resort
  7. Donovan’s Prime Seafood
  8. Dublin Square Irish Pub
  9. Gaslamp Tavern
  10. Ghirardelli Chocolate
  11. Hennessey’s Tavern
  12. Henry’s Pub
  13. La Fiesta Mexican Cuisine
  14. Masala Spices of India
  15. Melting Pot Gaslamp
  16. Mint Downtown Thai
  17. Monsoon – Fine Cuisine of India
  18. Ocean Room
  19. Operacaffe
  20. Pinkberry
  21. Quarter Kitchen at Andaz San Diego
  22. Rock Bottom Brewery
  23. Rockin’ Baja Coastal Cantina
  24. Royal India
  25. Shorelines Gallery  21+ ONLY
  26. The Field Irish Pub
  27. The Lincoln Room
  28. Urban Bar & Grill
East Village

  1. Cafe Chloe
  2. CrunchTime Gourmet Popcorn
  3. Dragon’s Den
  4. East Village Tavern + Bowl
  5. Knotty Barrel Gastro Pub
  6. Lotus Thai
  7. McCormick & Schmicks
  8. Montreal’s
  9. Proper Gastro Pub/Wine Steals
  10. Starbuck’s Coffee
  11. The Fleetwood
  12. The Village Coffee & Wine Bar
  13. Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery
  14. Toast Enoteca & Cucina
  15. Tom Ham’s Light House
  16. Valentine’s
  17. Zanzibar Café
Financial District

  1. Chef Miguel’s Deli Juice Bar
  2. House of Blues
  3. La Gran Tapa
  4. Panera Bread
  5. Sixth Avenue Bistro
  6. St. Tropez Bakery & Bistro
  7. Stout Public House
  8. Suite & Tender
  9. The Local
  10. The Crab Hut
  11. Westgate Room

You can purchase tickets in advance for $30 or get them at the door for $35.

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One response to “Taste of Downtown

  1. HI!

    I am contacting you on behalf of Taste of Downtown happening Thursday October 11th. I know an article was written on last years tasting & wanted to reach out to you to see if you could write an article on this year’s tasty event! It is San Diego’s largest, longest running tasting & we would love to see Three Dog Kitchen do a special feature highlight on it.

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