Food feasting set for April 15

By Ken Williams | Editor

Fire up those taste buds for the 16th annual Taste of Hillcrest.

Taste of Thai shrimp dish

The popular walkabout for foodies and their friends will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at various locations throughout Hillcrest. Sponsor is the Hillcrest Business Association (HBA).

More than three dozen restaurants and bars will be participating this year, said Michael Cox, HBA’s marketing and member services director.

Treat from Bread & Cie

While many of the restaurants and bars will return to the Taste tour, nine newcomers will tempt visitors to try samples of their signature dishes. They are:

  • Blue Fourno Grill
  • Concept Two Seven Eight
  • Fruit Craft Fermentery & Distillery
  • H2O Sushi & Izayaka
  • La Marque
  • Roberto’s Taco Shop Hillcrest
  • Sushi Co.
  • The Rail
  • Whistling Duck Tavern

Returnees include Babycakes, Brazen BBQ, Bread & Cie, Brick Bar, Hillcrest Brewing Company, Lotus Thai, Pardon My French Bar & Kitchen, Tajima Ramen Hillcrest and The Brew Project.

The self-guided tour gives food fans the opportunity to sample a wide variety of cuisines, ranging from French and Italian to Americano and Mexican.

Sample bites such as pad thai, sashimi, Italian antipasto and American comfort food.

“We expect over 1,100 attendees,” Cox said.

The advance forecast by The Weather Channel predicts a sunny day on April 15, with a high of 75 degrees and a zero chance of rain.

A free shuttle, running every 15 minutes, will make frequent stops around the Hillcrest neighborhood to ferry foodies to participating restaurants and bars.

—Ken Williams is editor of Uptown News and can be reached at or at 619-961-1952. Follow him on Twitter at @KenSanDiego, Instagram at @KenSD or Facebook at KenWilliamsSanDiego.

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