Taste of Santa Monica - - Go or No Go?
I see that the annual Taste of Santa Monica is going to be held on September 14 from noon to 4 p.m. on the pier. Forty bucks for all you can eat, and an additional 15 dollars for the wine tent. Has anyone gone before and is it worth it (both money-wise and fun-wise)? Someone posted a question last year about the event, but there were no replies.
If nothing else, it is a beautiful setting to spend the afternoon on the pier, eating food and drinking wine!!
Here's the list of participants from the web site: http://www.tasteofsantamonica.com/
Acadie Hand Crafted French Crepes
Bon Mélange Catering
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
Cezanne @ Le Merigot
Chef Eric's Culinary Classroom
El Cholo Mexican Restaurant
Enterprise Fish Company
Evergreen Tea House
Fairmont Miramar Hotel
i Cugini Restaurant
La Vecchia Cucina
Locanda Del Lago / Caffe Bellagio
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Ocean Avenue Seafood
The Organic Panificio
Rusty's Surf Ranch
SPN For Mahatma Rice
Sheraton Delfina Santa Monica
Stefano's New York Pizza
Tengu - Santa Monica
The Victorian at Heritage Square
Whist @ Viceroy
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For me, I don't see too much to get excited about.
re: kevin h
How many of these restaurants would you even care to try any of the food, and especially the cheapest item they can offer to still say they participated?
This list is SO sad - adding a few good names to an otherwise dreadful list.
Truly the best of Santa Monica would be one thing - yet this list is closer to the worst of Santa Monica, with a few exceptions of course.
We went last year, it was awful. It is not exactly all you can eat, you have a 'passport' and have to have it 'stamped' by everyone before you can get seconds so people get stuff they don't want and toss it. We were "sneaking" seconds and shares. If you spring for the wine it is in a separate area than the food so you can't pair your favorites. The food itself is mostly dumbed down and not good. The "seating" is all standing tables with little or no shade. Very uncomfortable. Save your money or go out for a nice dinner instead.
I went (or rather, got tricked into going) 2 yrs. ago.... It sucked big eggs. Never going back.
I agree with the other posts - everything sort of tasted the same. The restaurants seemed to offer the easiest and least expensive dishes to prepare. There used to be a Taste of L.A. at The Santa Monica Civic. That was amazing but I think it's been gone for years. I love the concept - if anyone knows of a better "Taste" please let us know.