Plenty of Chula Vista residents turned out for the Taste of Third Avenue & Art Walk last night. For only $16 per person ($18 on day of the event) restaurants served up some of their best, in hopes of luring new customers through their doors. Not only was this a great time to try favorites, but also to find something new in Downtown Chula Vista.
Hosted by the Third Avenue Village Association with help from local sponsors like OnStage Playhouse, the event went off with much success. This is the third one I’ve attended and each year it gets bigger and better. With this economy, it’s a terrific price to sample 17 different restaurants and boutiques it’s basically only $1 per restaurant, can’t beat that.
Some of the participants included Fuddruckers, Red Lobster and Marie Callenders, which did surprise me with their spicy Caesar salad. Along with them, a couple of new restaurants made an impression on me as well. One of them was the brand new only-two-weeks-old Tacos El Poblano. The menu is short and sweet, which is good for a taco shop. They reminded me of a small little taco vendor you might find south of the border. The Adobada Tacos were delicious and I will definitely be back.
Along with the hits, there were a few misses during the event. Maya Chaiang Cake Boutique & Cafe disappoints me again. Not only did they skimp on the serving this time, the taste was equally as small. The deserts always look amazing, but the taste somehow leaves me craving a Dunkin Donuts. Primos Deli must have gotten the dates mixed up cause they were closed on the big day even though they were listed on the map. Primos took part last year and the sandwiches were superb, I tried them out a couple times after that.
This year the entertainment was top notch. On just about every block you were treated to live music and dancing. Outside Mangia Italiano on Third, there was a small classical music quartet. One of my favorites was right next to 24 Hour Fitness, which had an African drum band that had a lot of energy. I was very impressed to see the amount of live entertainment they had this year. You could see that everyone enjoyed the music.
Restaurants weren’t the only thing in the spotlight this year. Plenty of local artists and crafters turned out to display their items. Not only did they have oil paintings and woodwork, a local comic book artist also took part in the event. This was definitely a step up from last year, plus the displays were moved to the center of the activities to draw in more people. Last year, most of the artists were tucked away at Memorial Park. The planning for this year’s event was terrific; I have to give a big hand to TAVA.
If you didn’t get a chance to make it out this year, I highly recommend you plan on being here for next year’s Taste of Third Avenue & Art Walk. I’m sure you will find a new spot that will have you back for more.
Here is my break down on the participants!
- California Sushi Bar:California Rolls and Chicken Teriyaki, not one of my favorites, but they did serve up a generous portion.
- D’Volada Cafe & Smoothies:Mexican Mocha, is always a favorite for me.
- Don Pedro:Tostadas De Ceviche, was one of my surprise favorites of the night here. I was going to go with my usual rolled tacos, but enjoyed the sample. Just might have to try that again.
- El Comal Mexican Restaurant:Chochinita Pibil, now this was really good. I have never tried given this place a try, but after tonight it’s on my list of must return.
- El Primero Hotel:Banana Nut Bread and coffee, always a perfect place to end the night. Plus you get to tour the hotel. They also had live music for the guest.
- Fuddruckers:Sliders, now how can you go wrong with a slider. Fuddruckers will always be on my favorites list along Third Ave.
- Jimmy’s by the Park:Pulled Pork Sandwich and homemade coleslaw, the pork was terrific and the slaw was surprisingly good. Another must try when I return.
- L&L Hawaiian BBQChicken Katsu with white rice, another one of my favorites. I have been here many times and the Chicken Katsu is a favorite of mine.
- La Bella Cafe & Games:Slice of Pizza, if you would have served this to me at home and told me you pulled it out of the oven I would’ve believed you.
- Mangia Italiano on ThirdRigatoni Fra Diavolo, a great free portion, but they served the same thing last year and it’s just ok.
- Marie Callenders:Cabo San Lucas Caesar Salad, a spicy Caesar salad dressing served with crispy chips and grilled chicken, loved them both.
- Maya Chiang Cake Botique & Cafe:Small Desert; talk about skimping out, I’ve seen dinner mints bigger then what they were serving, plus again they come up just plain in taste.
- Primo’s Deli:Guess someone forgot to mention to them that the event was tonight, surprised to see a closed sign on the door.
- Red Lobster:Lobster Dip and Biscui, another surprise of the night. I would have never tried this, but after tonight I would definitely order next time I’m here.
- Sweet LifeA scoop of ice cream; I had to go with my favorite chocolate chip cookie dough. They served up plenty for a free sample.
- Tacos El Poblano:Asada & Adobada Tacos, now this here was the winner. The place is only two weeks old and the tacos are great. Reminds me of the street tacos you get in Tijuana. A must return!
- The Soup Stone:Creamy Potato Soup and sandwich, a great place for lunch or a quick snack. The soup was a bit plain, but the sandwich was perfect.