April’s annual Taste of Hillcrest event was a bustling sea of bite-sized cuisine and refreshing cocktails on arguably one of the sunniest Saturdays of the month. For a sweet $30, hungry ticket-goers received unlimited sampling, strolling, and full tummies in San Diego’s eclectic uptown neighborhood.
As we meandered around University Avenue and 5th, we filled up on mediterranean chicken salad from Luna Grill, miniature cupcakes from Babycakes, carnitas tortas (with a special avocado aioli) from D Bar, and shot-sized “Venice Cove” smoothies from Juice Crafters.
Although an impossibly tough decision, our favorite taste of the day was a mini chicken satay plate from Taste of Thai, smothered in peanut sauce on a bed of drunken noodles.
Restaurateurs encouraged return visits with a smattering of coupons, and our pockets were jammed full by the time the four hour event had lapsed. We’re already craving the free spaghetti dinner offered by Urban Mo’s (with purchase of one drink), and a sweet $10 off two entrees at Cohn Group’s 100 Wines.
Planning on attending next year? Follow our top three tips to ensure a safe, fun, and fulfilling event!
- Eat a light breakfast. With over 33 restaurants on this year’s roster, it was a challenge to make it to all of them without an inevitable food coma.
- Wear comfortable shoes. Although the community offered a complimentary trolley throughout the tasting route, we managed just fine on our feet, but easily clocked 3 miles or more.
- Start at noon! Unfortunately, a few spots either stopped serving samples, or ran out of samples, after 3:30. Early birds will certainly get the best grub.
To learn more about community events and happenings in Hillcrest, visit http://www.fabuloushillcrest.com.
By Alison Kinsey
Alison lives and plays in Hillcrest after spontaneously relocating to San Diego from the Boston area in 2011. She enjoys roadtrips, discovering budget-friendly happy hours and exploring every square inch of San Diego.