Father’s Day is just around the corner! Doesn’t dad deserve something more than a new tie and golf balls this year? Luckily, you can never go wrong with… FOOD! Gather your father, friends, family and fellow foodies because this is one delicious opportunity you won’t want to miss. Kick off Father’s Day weekend on Saturday, June 16th, 2018 with the Taste of Gaslamp presented by Karl Strauss, as the historic Gaslamp Quarter celebrates 24 years of their exquisite dining options available throughout the vibrant downtown district. What better way to celebrate than with a self-guided tasting tour?! From 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, guests can enjoy savory bites from 24+ participating restaurants, including both veteran favorites and newly established eateries that have carved out their place in San Diego’s culinary bedrock.
This delectable day of dining not only celebrates the wide variety of well-established eateries, but also the longevity of the event that has made this culinary tour a true tradition as San Diego’s original (and longest-running) culinary tour. Taste of Gaslamp traces back to 1993, where it had just started as an intimate dinner party at the historic Yuma building with gourmet guest chefs, their food and fine wines. Today, the Gaslamp Quarter and its’ notable collection of restaurants have gone to great measures to continue adding new exciting features to make this an enjoyable (and appetizing) event for the whole community!
The 24th Annual Taste of Gaslamp will be dishing out savory bites from 26 participating restaurants that have carved out their place in San Diego’s culinary bedrock including Café Sevilla, Florent Restaurant & Lounge, The Field Irish Pub, The Melting Pot, The Smoking Gun, Tin Roof, Union Kitchen & Tap, barleymash, Ciro’s Pizzeria & Beerhouse, Cold Beer & Cheeseburgers, The Dubliner, The Nolen, Inka’s Bar & Grill, Gaslamp Fish House, American Junkie, Jolt’n Joe’s, Gaslamp BBQ & Sports Bar, Henry’s Pub, Nason’s Beer Hall, Whiskey Girl, Burger Lounge, Havana 1920, Meze Greek Fusion, Suckerfree Southern Plate & Bar and more!
NEW in 2018, sample sips from the Karl Strauss, Benchmark and Black Plague breweries in the picturesque Beer Garden presented by Karl Strauss at the Historical Foundation’s Davis Park! The Beer Garden will be open to guests 21 and older throughout the event, so attendees can stop along their self-guided stroll whenever the thirst kicks in!
Tickets for the culinary Taste of Gaslamp tour begin at just $35 for General Admission and increase to $45 day of event. GA Ticket holders receive tastes from the 26 restaurants and 5 tastings at the Karl Strauss Beer Garden. For the ultimate foodies out there, upgrade to VIP for just $65 ($75 day of) and receive exclusive edible offerings from an additional six restaurants from Gaslamp Quarter’s finest eateries including Fogo de Chao, Blue Point Coastal Cuisine, Searsucker, Lionfish Modern Coastal Cuisine, Callaway Winery and more! VIPs will receive signature bite portions and a cocktail at each 6 VIP restaurants, 7 tastings at the Karl Strauss Beer Garden, a goodie bag filled with surprise items from Gaslamp merchants, and an exclusive VIP reception held at Altitude Sky Lounge!
Check out below to see what restaurants will be serving and get tickets now at tasteofgaslamp.com!
TASTE OF GASLAMP CHECK-IN AND PARKING:
CHECK-IN: Begins at 12:30 PM at Gaslamp Square (in front of Tin Fish) – 538 L Street, San Diego, CA 92101
PARKING: 6th & K Parkade – 289 Sixth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
KARL STRAUSS BEER GARDEN:
1:00PM – 4:00PM | Davis Park – 410 Island Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 | 21+
Featuring beers from Karl Strauss, Black Plague and Benchmark breweries.
GA ticket holders receive 5 tastings.
VIP ticket holders receive 7 tastings (VIP tastes valid at Beer Garden and exclusive VIP After Party).
VOTE FOR THE BEST CUISINE AND BEST AMBIANCE AT THE BEER GARDEN!
TASTE OF GASLAMP GA LOCATIONS:
26 locations for both GA and VIP ticket holders to enjoy!
GA Tickets: $35 presale ($45 day of) | VIP Tickets: $65 presale ($75 day of)
The Melting Pot – Gaslamp Quarter
Chocolate Fondue swirled with Caramel served with Strawberries, Brownies, Blondies and Rice Krispie treats.
Location: 901 Fifth Avenue
House made tuna salad on a bagel crostini with fresh avocado, lemon, jalapeno and micro cilantro
Location: 600 Fifth Avenue
The Smoking Gun
House smoked chili (vegetarian and meat lovers versions)
Location: 555 Market Street
Chef Carlos’ Fish Tacos – lightly fried Alaskan cod in warm flour tortilla with shredded romaine lettuce, avocado, pico, and yogurt lime sauce.
Location: 618 Fifth Avenue
-Paella Valenciana: mussels, clams, calamari, shrimp, prawns, chicken, and grilled sausage.
-Tortilla Espanola: potato tart, garlic and goat cheese.
-Datiles Rellenos: medjool dates, cabrales blue cheese and applewood smoked bacon.
Location: 353 Fifth Avenue
Citrus Braised Carnitas Tacos with avocado-lime crema, pickled onions and cotija cheese.
Location: 702 Fifth Avenue
Florent Restaurant & Lounge
Sesame Crusted Ahi Tostadas with Hoisin Aioli, pickled ginger, sweet soy, and micro cilantro.
Location: 672 Fifth Avenue
Crispy Rock Shrimp: lightly breaded with sweet aji amarillo chili sauce
Location: 628 Fifth Avenue
Inka’s Bar & Grill
Ceviche, papa rellena, skewers, arroz con marsicos, pisco sour
Location: 827 Fifth Avenue
TASTE OF GASLAMP VIP LOCATIONS:
7 VIP locations serving a bigger bite and a cocktail exclusive to VIP ticket holders!
VIP Tickets: $65 presale ($75 day of) | Limited to 250 Guests
Gets all GA Ticket benefits plus 7 additional locations, a Gaslamp Goodie Bag, 7 Tastings at the Karl Strauss Beer Garden, and an exclusive rooftop afterparty at Altitude Sky Lounge!
Local Halibut Ceviche: avocado, cucumber, shiso, yuzu, tostadas
Cocktail – Hot in Jalisco: habanero infused don julio blanco, grenadine, grapefruit, lime
Location: 435 Fifth Avenue
Wine samples from Callaway’s Estate Vineyards in Temecula’s Wine Country
Location: 517 Fourth Avenue