Taste of Hillcrest 2012 Recap

Our first visit to Taste of Hillcrest! We got there about 15 minutes before the start of the event but took a little more time than expected to find parking.

NOTE: carpool with your friends and come earlier for best parking!

Taste of Hillcrest 2012 will call booth next to Rite Aid

In-hand tickets are available at the marked locations prior to the day of the event and can also be purchased for will-call online. One of two will-call locations was located off the corner of 5th and Robinson by the Rite Aid. The pickup process itself was simple and done in a timely manner.

Taste of Hillcrest 2012 - Babycakes cupcakes

Babycakes - Chocolate, Vanilla, and Red Velvet Cupcakes

We were starving and hit the closest place to will-call. Lucky for us it was yummy desserts from Babycakes! I thought the icing on these mini cupcakes were the perfect amount of sweet for my taste!

Taste of Hillcrest 2012 - Tractor Room pheasant sausage

The Tractor Room - Pheasant Sausage with Cornbread

Even before we saw it, we could smell it! The grill was outdoors and  filled the air with a delicious meaty scent! I loved the vivid colors of the ingredients in this perfect bite size sample. The sausage meat itself was excellent! I'd love to go back to try out more dishes!

Taste of Hillcrest 2012 - Pizza Arrivederci

This is the quick pizza take-out version of the Arriveaderci restaurant down the street! Shown above is ham and pineapple.

Taste of Hillcrest 2012 - Pinkberry yogurt

Pinkberry yogurt is always a winner, especially with fresh fruit mixed in!

Taste of Hillcrest 2012 - Au Revoir

Au Revoir handed out samples of their beef bourgeon and chocolate mousse. The mousse was quite good here.

Taste of Hillcrest 2012 - Luna Grill

Luna Grill is part of a chain that provides customers a way to satisfy their mediterranean food cravings. The euros and chicken kabobs were moist and good to eat on their own!

Taste of Hillcrest 2012 - Urban Mo's party hats

As we were walking around, we noticed several people wearing bright blow-up crowns. We ventured to the secret source: Urban Mo's. Our friendly staff member above looked like a movie star here, 'signing' our taster cards with a big smile. This place sampled crispy fried green beans and pink lemonade.

Taste of Hillcrest 2012 - Fiesta Cantina

Fiesta Cantina seems to be another happening bar in the neighborhood. I could see the servers groovin' as they did their work and interacted with the customers. Our sample here was a mini cup of margarita, a spicy buffalo chicken wing and empanada-type item. The heat in the wing was a bit too much for my light tolerance! 

Taste of Hillcrest 2012 - Ortega Mexican, A Mexican Bistro burrito

Ortega's, A Mexican Bistro, was in the corner of a small strip mall, almost like a hidden gem. They prepared the sample and I rolled it up. As for the insides? Tender meat, flavorful, and dripping with succulent juices! Another winning sample!

Taste of Hillcrest 2012 - Fig Tree Cafe french toast

This Fig Tree Cafe french toast sample (during our first PB Restaurant Walk) is what enticed us into multiple visit to the original location in PB. The restaurant recently expanded with a second location to Hillcrest so now we have more breakfast options and locations!

Taste of Hillcrest 2012 - Bombay Exotic Cuisine of India

Taste of Hillcrest 2012 - Bombay Exotic Cuisine of India

Bombay Exotic Cuisine of India definitely made an effort to stand out. Besides the beautiful decor of the restaurant, we received a bindi jewel sticker to wear, stared in awe at the giant snake held by the dancer, and walked down the above hallway to sample their food in their private dining room

Taste of Hillcrest 2012 - Eden slider

I've been to Eden once and it was NOT for the food! This place is a party hotspot at night and is a bar/restaurant by day. At this taste, I was able to sample their slider, similar to a meatball stuffed in the cream puff pastry!

There were about 50 participating restaurants for this event but unfortunately, our eyes are much bigger than our stomachs! I only highlighted a few of the note-worthy ones. Next time we'll make sure to hit up more places and take smaller samples if given a choice!

Disclaimer: we were provided tickets for this event but the opinions are strictly our own.

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