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Taste of North Park

2nd annual. Anyone every been to this or taste of at other locations? Worth it or waste of time mob scene? http://www.tastenorthpark.com/index.html

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  1. I enjoyed Taste of Adams last year. There were a lot of people but it was not difficult to get food or drinks at most places - maybe 5 minutes wait at most.

    What annoyed me was that some places (Burger Lounge for one) ran out of food towards the end.

    1. Interested to hear opinions on this as well...we are considering doing the Taste Of thing and then probably hanging out at Toronado or Ritual afterwards. What is the deal with the art galleries being included, are they serving small bites of food or something?

      1. I went last year. It was a fun day - although it should be called "drink of North Park" as there was more alcohol than food.

        Art galleries and retail outlets serve donated beer / wine - I'd say 90% local.

        Bars serve a signature drink

        Restaurants served a signature dish or two. Last year we hit about 50% of the places and were more than full and exceptionally drunk.

        We'll go this year. It supports a good cause and it's in the neighborhood.

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        1. re: Ewilensky

          Oh that's funny. Sounds like an entertaining day.
          I'm not that familiar with the area as far as distance between places. Do they give you a map and are all within walking distance to each other?
          Can you suggest some that are must try locations and others that are worth skipping?

        2. Heh, it's funny that this is getting mention, while the monthly tasting "30th on 30th" is not. If you want to try out some really good food, I would check that out instead to be honest- seems far less commercialized, and probably less crowded as well.

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          1. re: imrahil327

            30th on 30th is WONDERFUL. This is different however, as it is a fundraiser for the BID while 30th is just a good excuse to get out and celebrate the neighborhood with the neighbors.

            1. re: Ewilensky

              Ah, okay- I didn't see on their website anywhere that it was a fundraiser- what is BID?

              1. re: imrahil327

                BID is a Business Improvement District which has been responsible for the improvements in North Park. The manage the parades, the street fairs, maintain lighting, street signs, manage the permits for the farmer's market, graffiti removal, etc... Taste of North Park is one of their fundraisers.

            2. re: imrahil327

              30th on 30th is very Hit-n-miss, we have done it numerous times, and nowhere near this many locations participate. Taste of North Park seems like a great chance to visit places that don't normally do the 30th on 30th thing, as well as some galleries.

            3. My girlfriend was going over the lineup and noticed that El Comal is participating. I will finally get to try that place....I never remember it when we are out and about looking for something new in North Park.

              The tickets for Taste of North Park are $30 in advance, $35 day-of. However, if you get the tickets in advance on the internet, you get charged a $3/ticket fee negating any deal. I think you can get tickets in advance at Toronado and Mosaic.

              El Comal
              262 3rd Ave, Chula Vista, CA 91910

              1. Any reports for this year? What were the samples? Kind of a sampling of samples is what I’m after.

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                1. re: FireFlyFiftyFive

                  el take it easy: pork belly tacos - good

                  the linkery: squash empenada with a chipotle cream sauce - easily one of my favorite dishes of the day

                  lefty's: deep dish pizza - good, as one can expect from lefty's

                  north park fish market & grill: sampler of spicy calamari, spicy edemame, and assorted pieces of sushi - standard americanized japanese dishes, but nothing was offensive

                  the smoking goat: pulled pork - excellent, but sadly they were out of cornbread when i stopped by; cole slaw - i liked that it wasn't drowning in mayo, but it could've had more of a bite to it

                  sea rocket bistro: fish jerky - good, but i was hoping for something more exciting from them. oh well.

                  il postino: trio of pasta dishes - i can't even remember specifically what they were, other than one being a marinara sauce, but they were decent. good enough that i'd want to check that restaurant out and try other dishes.

                  urban solace: duckaroni - i thought it was better than a previous time i'd had it there. i forgot what the dessert was, but some friends of mine were raving about a s'more-esque dessert they had. i went to urban solace last right before the event was over, so i'm assuming that dish was served earlier in the day and they had run out - especially if it was as amazing as it was made out to be.

                  rancho's: assorted spread - this was the only place to offer a full on plate of food, as opposed to the tastes most other places were offering. specifically, they had rolled tacos, soy ceviche, and another dish i forgot.

                  mosaic wine bar: pizza with baked peach and blue cheese - i thought this pizza was delicious and so did my companion. one of our favorite dishes of the day.

                  urbn coal fired pizza: various pizzas - by the time we arrived at the end of the day, the selection was pretty picked over and didn't look very appetizing. i also didn't find the space very appealing, being so stark and severe, but i could see others going for it.

                  ritual tavern: i can't for the life of me remember what we had here, but i do remember enjoying it.

                  sorry a lot of these descriptions are rather, um, vague, but after trying all that food, it's kinda like sensory overload and difficult to remember specific details. on the walk home, my friend and i were in actual physical pain from all the eating and drinking.

                  1. re: mom jeans

                    Thanks for the report! Sounds like a great time Peach and blue cheese pizza! Yum!

                    1. re: mom jeans

                      Urban Solace's dessert was indeed a homemade s'more. It looks like the same one that's on their menu, though I hadn't tried it before. It was delicious, though - the hazelnut/almond flavor was great.

                      Ritual Tavern had a gumbo, which was mediocre, and a butternut squash soup that was probably my favorite dish of the whole event.

                      Rancho's had some sort of tasty fish taco when we went by. They were offering quite a bit of food compared to others, though.

                      The Smoking Goat was closed up by the time we got there (around 3).

                      We had different offerings at a few places than the above, so some restaurants must have run out of one dish and moved to another. The Linkery had some lamb burgers that were very dry and Sea Rocket Bistro had tuna melts and some kind of vegetarian stew.

                      3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

                      Urban Solace Restaurant
                      3823 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104

                      Ritual Tavern
                      4095 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

                      Sea Rocket Bistro
                      3382 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104