FACES & PLACES: Taste of Gaslamp 2023

Foodies filled downtown San Diego for the 27th annual edition of this tasty eat-around event
Taste of Gaslamp 2023. All photos by Sal Giametta.

The 27th annual Taste of Gaslamp was finger-lickin’ good. Hundreds of patrons filled downtown San Diego’s entertainment district to nosh and nibble on samples from two dozen participating eateries on September 9, 2023.

Bite-sized samples included: 16-hour, slow-smoked brisket from Smokin’ J’s BBQ; mini Wagyu meatballs from LAVO; platanos maduros and ropa vieja from Havana 1920; Moscow mules from American Junkie; and a dessert cup of strawberry cheesecake from Cali Cream Ice Cream.

The Taste of Gaslamp After-Party at Johnny WAHOO! Golf Bar packed in foodies who didn’t want to go home after the event.

The San Diego Sun team made the rounds. We connected with dozens of revelers who were excited to take the day’s restaurant research and use it to vote in our Downtown Dining Readers’ Poll. (Every week, a random voter wins two tickets for a San Diego Bay cruise aboard a 75-foot catamaran from Triton Charters.

Sun photographer Sal Giametta was at the outdoor party, where most (not all) folks were happy to pose mid-bite with a short-rib burger from STK or a plate of chicken tikka masala at Royal India:

We came, we saw, we gorged. SDSun

☀️Click here & vote now in The Sun’s Downtown Dining Readers’ Poll. Win an SD Bay cruise!☀️


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