By Ken Williams | Editor
Fire up those taste buds for the 16th annual Taste of Hillcrest.
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.
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.