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Foodie Fodder: 2017 Taste of Hillcrest

The self-guided food tour goes down on April 15, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Foodies, prepare to feast: the 16th annual Taste of Hillcrest is happening this Saturday, showcasing delicious dishes found in fun, restaurant-centric community.

The self-guided culinary tour of Hillcrest, known for its wide array of unique eateries, runs from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. This year, 35 restaurants -- from quaint cafés to budding bistros -- will partake in the event, serving samples of their best bites.

For instance, if you’re in the mood for Mexican, head over to Baja Betty’s or Fiesta Cantina. If your palate seeks to travel a bit further, snag a sample at Tajima Ramen Hillcrest, Lotus Thai or Michoz’s Fresh Lebanese Grill. For a full list of Taste of Hillcrest eateries, click here.

Each participating eatery is within walking distance of one another, so plan to stroll from sample to sample or hop on the free Hillcrest Trolley making frequent stops around the neighborhood. The pros recommend starting the walking tour on Park Boulevar and heading west toward 3rd Avenue.

If you need to take a little break, Rich's Nightclub (1051 University Ave.) will serve as the refresher station for attendees. There, you can grab a drink before hitting the pavement on your food trek.

The tasting event typically sells out; tickets are $30 if purchased in advance online or $35 the day of the event. On the day of the event, general admission tickets can be purchased at two locations: The Rite Aid at 535 Robinson Ave. or Gossip Grill at 1220 University Ave. When you grab your ticket, you'll also get a map and a tasting card to track which spots you go to.

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