We’ve had a taste of just about every nook and cranny in the San Diego region: Taste of the Cove, Taste of Downtown, Taste of Little Italy and more. But let’s not forget about our good friends in North Park, the proud hosts of the next “Taste Of" installment, October 8th from 11am to 4pm.
This dining day is all about exploring new eating spots and revisiting menus that help define the North Park community. Benefits include discovering a neighborhood you’re less familiar with, a tummy full of food, and a new appreciation for community-involved events. You’ll be stuffing your face with fresh local seafood, buono Italian pastas, flavorful ethnic plates, All-American favorites, tantalizing sweets and devilishly delicious drinks. Along with the edible delights filling you up, your creative side will be tapped into. Have you seen North Park lately? It’s packed with boutiques and art galleries, and the Taste of North Park event inspires them to offer free samplings of a variety of locally-made microbrews and ales.
This marks the third annual Taste of North Park event, and all proceeds benefit North Park Main Steet, a non-profit organization dedicated to the revitalization of the North Park Business Improvement District, North Park’s Downtown and the historic heart of the community. It's an ideal opportunity to taste original culinary specialties along North Park’s aptly named “Restaurant Row,” including 30th Street from El Cajon Blvd to Upas Street. The area’s most exclusive, up & coming chefs will be offering highlights from their kitchens and newly-offered vegetarian options, from al fresco eateries to French patisseries.
What will you taste?
The Smoking Goat: A favorite North Park staple, The Smoking Goat cooks up French & American countryside fare using high quality meat and local produce. Service is casual, but boasts generous wines and starters that challenge any average entrée selection, such as Prosciutto Wrapped Quail and Sauteed Sweetbreads. On the entrée menu, you'll find a Burger on Brioche, Grilled Wild Salmon, Grilled Pork Rack Chop, and Pacific Red Snapper.
Splash Wine Lounge: In a league of its own, Splash wine bar offers three freestanding self-service kiosks in the center of the room, in the midst of brick walls and comfy chairs. With over 70 wines from around the world, the space offers a comfortable environment to taste enough types to find your one true favorite. Splash also serves cheese and meat trays with rotating cheeses and meats, bruschette and flatbread pizzas.
Heaven Sent Desserts: Heaven Sent is a little slice of perfecton, a must-stop in North Park to devour the most sinfully sweet and expertly-made treats. The menu is ever-changing, though some consistent keepers are the Irish Angel or the Almond Grand Marnier Cake. Heaven Sent also boasts fine coffee and prefers ingredients that are locally sourced.
Start the day off at the corner of University Avenue and Ray Street, in front of Home Mercantile. All guests must be 21 and up for the wine and microbrew tasting. The restaurant walk, however, is open to all ages. Tickets are $30 pre-sale and $35 on the day of the event, and can be purchased here.