Many were disappointed with the moving of the Spirits of Mexico festival to a new venue this year. Old Town San Diego businesses have always benefited from this event and most came to look forward to the annual visit from aficionados of agave spirits. Rather than be put off, the Mexican restaurants and tequila bars of Old Town have put together their own event that is sure to delight. The new Taste of Old Town event, presented by Tequila Herradura, will debut on Thursday, Sept.18, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Taste of Old Town will give food and spirit lovers the chance to blaze through the streets of Old Town sampling selections of spirits and beer paired with culinary specialties from 15 participating restaurants.
Produced by the Old Town Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Tequila Herradura, Taste of Old Town tickets are $30 if purchased in advance and $35 on the day of the event. A ‘food only’ ticket is available for $20. Most restaurants will offer samples of a signature dish, alongside a spirit or beer brand sampling its product.
“We have had similar events in the past but this year’s Taste of Old Town is sure to knock your socks off,” said event chair Chuck Ross of Old Town Family Hospitality Corp., the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Fiesta de Reyes. “All the restaurants have stepped up and are serving either specially created dishes for this event, or their signature favorites.”
At the Fiesta de Reyes restaurants, Casa de Reyes will be serving a taste of one of their most popular dishes ‘Mar y Tierra,’ which is a prawn stuffed with crab, spinach, mushrooms and wrapped in bacon. Barra Barra Saloon will be serving mango sea bass ceviche in a mini martini glass and mini portions of Chile Colorado, which is pork simmered in a rich red, dry chili sauce. The Cosmopolitan Restaurant has created a mini short rib slider skewer, exclusively for Taste of Old Town.
Café Coyote will be serving its ‘Famous Cafe Coyote Carnitas Taco,’ featuring tender pieces of pork slow cooked in Mexico’s traditional style, topped with guacamole, salsa fresca, onions, cilantro and lime.
Miguel’s Cocina is planning to serve its ‘Camarones Jalisco,’ which is jumbo shrimp stuffed with Monterey jack cheese and rajas, wrapped in bacon and grilled, then topped with its famous jalapeño white sauce.
Old Town Mexican Café will spotlight its carnitas and pollo asado street tacos, topped with grilled onions and guacamole salsa. They will also be serving up ‘Chocoflan,’ a homemade flan glazed with tequila on top of moist chocolate cake.
Other participating restaurants include Alamo Mexican Cafe, Casa Guadalajara, El Patio, Fred’s Mexican Café, La Piñata, Old Town Tequila Factory and Rockin’ Baja Lobster. In addition, Cold Stone Creamery and RUST General Store and Bistro will be offering free samples as well.
Participating spirits include 1800 Tequila, Azunia Tequila, Casamigos Tequila, Corralejo Tequila, el Jimador, Espolón Tequila, Frida Kahlo Tequila, Grand Leyenda Premium Organic Tequila, Herradura, Milagro Tequila, Roca Patron and Tequila Cazadores, and Tres Agaves.