Foodie Fodder: Taste of Hillcrest

The 14th annual self-guided food tour goes down Saturday, Apr. 19 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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    Monica Garske
    Hillcrest: so many restaurants, so little time.

    Foodies, prepare your bellies: the 14th annual Taste of Hillcrest is happening this Saturday, and things are bound to get delicious.

    The self-guided culinary tour of Hillcrest – a popular community in San Diego’s Uptown area known for its vibrant culture and wide array of unique eateries – runs from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and includes more than 40 participating restaurants serving samples of their best bites.

    From quaint cafés to budding bistros, foodies will get to indulge in all of the global cuisine the community has to offer.

    For instance, if you’re in the mood for Mexican, head over to Baja Betty’s, Fiesta Cantina or Ortega’s: A Mexican Bistro, all on University Avenue. If your palate wants to travel a bit further, snag a sample at Bombay Exotic Cuisine of India on 5th Avenue, Saigon on Fifth, Nami Sushi or Michoz’s Fresh Lebanese Grill.

    Of course, there’s always Italian and French-inspired cuisine, and for this, there’s Au Revoir Bistro, Pizzeria Arrivederci and the ever-popular Bread and Cie.

    And if good, old-fashioned American comfort food is what you’re craving, the choices are easy: Crest Café and Harvey Milk’s American Diner.

    Other eateries partaking in Taste of Hillcrest also include Brazen BBQ Smokehouse & Bar, D Bar Restaurant, Hillcrest Brewing Company, Aladdin Hillcrest, The Tractor Room, Uptown Tavern, 100 Wines, Salt & Cleaver and Local Habit, among many, many others. Check out the full list here.

    Each eatery is within walking distance, so plan to stroll from sample to sample or hop on the free Hillcrest Trolley making its way around the neighborhood. Altogether, the tour spans more than 12 blocks.

    Pre-sale tickets cost $30 per person and $35 on the day of the event.

    Tickets are available here or can be purchased at several Hillcrest restaurants including Urban Mo’s, Heat Bar & Kitchen, Rock Fire Grill, Eba’s Lounge and Bistro, Baja Betty’s or Harvey Milk’s American Diner.

    Before starting the food adventure, attendees should check-in at the ticketing booth at the Rite-Aid located at 535 Robinson Ave. The booth opens at 11:30 a.m.

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