So how was Taste of the Nation?
Really nice event. Most of the food was really well done, there were a lot of drinks to be had I never waited more than 30 seconds for anything. It was my first time there and I walked away really impressed. I'm trying to remember some of the dishes people liked a lot, but honestly, it was just such a fun, casual day that everything sort of blended together.
Off the top of my head, I do remember people really liking the mini lamb french dips at Tavern. Bazaar was a big hit with its mozzarella pipette caprese, iberico ham, margaritas and spherical olives.
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I thought it was a great event. The participating restaurants served excellent food across the board. I thought the most fun booth was Bazaar, since they had a few different interesting things, as noahbites noted. I was excited to finally try the spherical olives (never ordered them since spouse hates olives), jamon iberica and mozzarella pipettes are always a hit, and the margarita was actually a frozen version of their salt-air margarita made using nitro...delicious, refreshing, and a lot of fun. I had never had a Bowery burger before, and the mini versions they were serving were excellent...it's hard to make sliders juicy and these were just perfect. Lots of other excellent food as well, I wish I had the time to write a more complete review. The only negative is that there was so much great food that I couldn't try everything...even though I shared most things with my spouse, I still was so incredibly full that at some point I had to stop the sampling!