North Park Taco Crawl – 8/31/14

This will be short and sweet.  It’s the end of summer and there is plenty of great food to enjoy in our little North Park community, so I decided to put together a Taco Crawl for this Sunday.  Rather than struggle with a bunch of text, I’ll use pictures.  Specific details follow the photos. Also, please shoot me a quick email so I can let you know about pre-ordering.

At 11:30 I’ll get in line at Carnitas Snack Shack – here (if you are joining, meet me there between 11:30 and noon when it opens)

Seating area of Carnitas' Snack Shack

Seating area of Carnitas’ Snack Shack

I assume the Pig Pen will be open (the name of the place out back where Chef Max is usually cooking up bliss on the weekends)

 

Photo of Pig Pen - the spot in back you don't have to wait in much of a line for with limited menu and draught beer

Photo of Pig Pen – the spot in back you don’t have to wait in much of a line for with limited menu and draught beer

Some of us will need to sneak around back and commandeer a bunch of seating,  Then, after sampling our first selection and possibly washing it down with whatever is on draught, we’ll mosey on up to City Tacos – a relatively short 3-4 blocks east on University.

The chile relleno taco.

The chile relleno shrimp taco (thx Malcolm).

City Tacos is not huge (my write-up here), so if you plan to join, please do email me at opassons@gmail.com so that I can let Gerry know how many people will be ordering tacos.  Ideally, I’ll figure out what your taco order will be in advance so we can let him know.  You know, courtesy and all.  City Tacos usually has these local beers

Happy to see both San Diego Craft Beer and Mexicali craft beer on tap

Happy to see both San Diego Craft Beer and Mexicali craft beer on tap

And it has some good Mexicali craft beer (FYI, baja is doing it big with craft beer, my buddy Gonzalo has written about that extensively here).  My rough calculation from having made the walk from City Tacos to Carnitas’ Snack Shack for Andrea’s Truffles on more than one occasion is that the walk should take about 10 minutes.  So from roughly 1:15 to roughly 2:15 we should be a huddled mass of chorizo juice and relleno out in front of City Tacos.

A photo out in front of Waypoint Public, complete with bike corral and street tree

A photo out in front of Waypoint Public, complete with bike corral and street tree

Fortunately, the third stop on the crawl–Waypoint Public–has three distinct advantages working in our favor.  First, it’s right around the corner. So even though we don’t have all way crosswalks (yet) in North Park, it’s a short, 3-minute walk.  Second, there’s Chef Amanda. Her food is, well, really, really good.  Third, there’s this

Got this image from the Google

Got this image from the Google

And bonus, Brian Jensen (one of the co-owners and the beer mind behind Bottlecraft around the corner) always has an insane list of great beer to try.

If you want to get a sense of the intended laid-back nature of this affair, check out this summary of a loose, occasional gathering of people who care about San Diego and like craft beer.

Summary Details

*Try to bring cash – 1s and 5s are best – to allow for easy group purchasing.  

When: Sunday, August 31, 2014 – 11:30-ish to 3:30-ish

Where: Start at Carnitas’ Snack Shack on University, then to City Tacos, then to Waypoint Public

What: a Taco Crawl

How: As the name suggests, we’ll be on foot.  Feel free to come for some or all of this adventure. It is open to anyone who happens to read this as long as you are pleasant and open to conversation.  If your friends would describe you as a sullen jerk, this might not be the group for you.

Contact: The best way to reach me is by email (opassons@gmail.com) or by Twitter here.

Note: The restaurants are busy so this is an informal affair.  I will place an order with whatever information I have at noon. If you are one of those people who run fashionably late to things, you may want to just catch up at City Tacos.  I’d hate for you to just be getting your tacos while everyone else is wrapping up to head to spot number two.

Thanks for dropping by.  I’ve posted this on the North Park Facebook Group, Nextdoor for North Park, and here.  Which means there’s a broad section of folks who might show up, which is after all one of the cool things about where we live. Cheers

Oh, since many of us haven’t met, here’s me with Chef Hanis – he and his wife Sara are the small business owners who risked everything to work really long days against long odds to bring us the wonderful world of pork-centric goodness.

I'll probably be first in line, but so you know who to look for, I'm the guy on the right - the handsome devil on the left is Chef Hanis

I’ll probably be first in line, but so you know who to look for, I’m the guy on the right – the handsome devil on the left is Chef Hanis

 

 

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