Treat your taste buds at our 25th ‘taste’ event

Posted: September 1st, 2017 | Columnists, Downtown Partnership News, Featured | No Comments

By Kris Michell | Downtown Partnership News

Nothing brings people together quite like delicious food. Whether it’s in the comfort of your own kitchen or out at your favorite restaurant, food has a special place in our hearts (and stomachs).

The Local Eatery and Drinking Hole has a fun and engaging atmosphere. (Courtesy DSDP)

Downtown San Diego is home to an array of diverse, delectable culinary cuisines, and the 25th annual Taste of Downtown celebrates the very best sample-sized bites our community has to offer.

This popular annual event takes place Sept. 14. Sponsored by Banner Bank, Taste of Downtown features nearly 40 local restaurants across the Gaslamp Quarter, Marina District, City Center, and East Village neighborhoods.

With so many restaurants to choose from, you may not know where to begin. Here are some of our suggestions to kick off your evening:


The Local Eatery and Drinking Hole

A local favorite (no pun intended), this restaurant offers California coastal cuisine that pairs perfectly with its freshly brewed craft beer. Don’t miss out on Resident Brewing’s Coconut IPA or Gaslamp Porter.

The Local has dozens of local craft beers on tap. (Courtesy DSDP)

Pro tip: Try the porter on nitro for a rich, silky treat at the end of your meal.


Nason’s Beer Hall

The newest addition to Downtown San Diego’s growing craft beer niche, Nason’s Beer Hall in the Pendry Hotel features a broad selection of local and international beers, globally inspired comfort food, and classic bar games.

Nason’s Bar, inside the Pendry, offers comfort food (below) and a wide assortment of beers. (Photo courtesy DSDP)

Located in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, this beer hall is quickly becoming the place to be in Downtown San Diego.


Havana 1920

Have a great cup of Cuban coffee at Havana 1920. (Courtesy DSDP)

Time-honored Cuban dishes and classic cocktails abound at another recent addition to Downtown’s thriving culinary scene. Inspired by the island’s rich history, Havana 1920’s flavor-filled bites are sure to hit the spot.

Join us for the 25th annual Taste of Downtown on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 5–9 p.m. Check out the three restaurants above and many more, during this fun culinary event.

To see a list of participating restaurants or purchase tickets, visit Advance tickets will be $30 until 9 p.m. on Sept. 13, when tickets go up to $35. Shuttle service will be available throughout the event.

(Courtesy DSDP)

Come one, come all — and come hungry!


—Kris Michell is the president and CEO of the Downtown San Diego Partnership, a nonprofit, member-based organization that oversees the Clean & Safe program and serves as the leading advocate for the revitalization and economic health of Downtown. For questions or comments, email

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