Downtown. This neighborhood has the highest concentration of places to eat at various price points in town. I was excited when Mcfarlane Promotions invited us to their Taste of Downtown event. I was prepared to power walk through downtown. Restaurants were mostly clustered around the Gaslamp District but some were quite a few blocks out of the way. I was pleasantly surprised there was a free shuttle. It was awesome riding in style through downtown. There were 40 stops but I just made it to these.
Checking in at Florent we found out they offer shuttle service specially for this event provided by the orange trolley car. Such a welcome addition because this meant we could visit more participating restaurants. After all there was a whopping 40 restaurants this year!
A convenient map was provided depicting the shuttle route, restaurant locations and what each dish offered would be. That way you could strategically plan which places to go and in what order.
Riding the trolley we admired the setting sun showing itself between the buildings.
Asti Ristorante offered two types of pasta with a mixed salad. You could pick just one or all three, I picked all three. My favorite was the pasta with the green sauce. Lovely mixture of Italian spices. The hostess was super congenial with everyone and the server was very gracious.
Coyote Ugly Saloon offered four types of pizza with generous portions! You could pick all four but I was afraid if I did I’d be too full for everything else, so I picked two kinds. The crust was super fluffy with just a touch of sweetness, add the sauce cheese and toppings and pow you’ve got yourself a very distinctive, flawless pizza. Wish I could have had more!
Casablanca Lounge offered zucchini stick which was pretty good. My preference is for a thicker cut, this one was thinner. The ambiance inside is interesting complete with tobacco hooka pipes at a few tables.
10 Barrel Brewing offered Korean barbecue pork belly with watermelon, grapes, Serrano, arugula, lime, Thai basil with soy vinaigrette all offered in a small sample cup that sure packed a punch on the flavor scale, leaving you wanting a huge plate of it! Cucumber water was a welcome addition.
Knotty Barrel offered cornflake breaded chicken strips with either ranch or buffalo sauce. The breading was very crispy, spices super delectable paired with homemade ranch sauce. Definitely would come back here again.
Lotus Thai offered two well paired dishes, a tomato pasta dish and tofu lettuce wraps with mint, chili and lime juice. The ambiance and decor inside is impeccable, impressive and relaxing all at the same time.
Social Tap offered seared Ahi with several sauces on top, very interesting, spicy combination. Plenty of comfortable seating outside.
The Blind Burro offered a small chicken Tinga tostada with chipotle chicken and queso Fresca. These would make the ideal appetizer or just have a whole plate for dinner.
Rockin’ Baja Lobster offered ceviche with chips and an avocado sauce on top. Super fresh, flavorful makes a marvelous appetizer. Wish I could have taken some home!
Nason’s Beer Hall offered a small pretzel with salami and mustard sauce inside with a raisin on top. These little beauties were just glorious. Loved the collaborative games offered; large size checkers, large size jenga and bean bag toss.
Burger lounge offered their beef burger complete with sauce, cheese and pickles. Grass fed beef really does taste better and this burger was fabulous.
Last stop was Le Parfait Paris, their offering was your flavor choice of macaron, I chose lemon. Phenomenal flavor and texture. Exceptional presentation with all their creations showcased.
Above portion written by Maggie
Taste of Downtown
672 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101