Saturday, May 12, 2012 was a beautiful day in the South Bay, a perfect day for the inaugural Dishwalk in downtown San Jose’s San Pedro Square. The Dishwalk was organized by the people of Dishcrawl, the startup that puts on foodie adventures in which diners get to explore four restaurants in one night and in the process get to socialize with new and old friends.
Dishwalk participants got to taste ten dishes as they took a self-guided tour through ten San Pedro Square area restaurants. At various spots, they got to listen to music. The cuisines represented on the Dishwalk ranged from Mediterranean to American to Mexican to Greek to Vietnamese to French, and more. It was truly a delicious international party for dishwalkers’ taste buds.
For many, the Dishwalk was an opportunity to explore downtown San Jose a bit more and to discover some new restaurants with great spaces to hang out. There were also plenty of opportunities to make new friends while dishwalkers enjoyed small plates of food.
Overall, the event left those participating with a real sense of the community that is starting to take off in downtown San Jose, thanks to efforts of individuals like Tracy Lee, the founder of Dishcrawl, who has made it her mission to use food to bring people together and build community.
Following is a list of the food that was available for dishwalkers. Many of the restaurants also offered specially priced drinks that went well with the food items, which made the dishes even more enjoyable.
Little Chef Counter in the San Pedro Square Market offered a tender and tasty short rib slider and nicely seasoned fries.
Vino Vino, also located in the San Pedro Square Market, served a fig and prosciutto panini and a smoked salmon crostini. The panini and the crostini were very flavorful, and several dishwalkers mentioned that it was one of their favorite plates of the day.
La Pinata served an abundance of taquitos, chips, guacamole, sour cream and salsa.
At Sonoma Chicken Coop, dishwalkers could choose between mini chicken marsala, mini calamari, and prawn brochette. Dishwalkers got to enjoy their plates in Sonoma Chicken Coop’s shaded patio.
Firehouse No. 1 served a refreshing ceviche tostada that was perfect on a hot day.
On a Roll served Vietnamese favorites – banh mi, spring rolls, and egg rolls. The trio was tasty, light, and delicious.
CreParis, located in the San Pedro Square Market, let dishwalkers enjoy mini versions of any of their delicate and delicious crepes. The savory as well as the sweet varieties were huge hits with dishwalkers.
Myth served a small Greek-style meatball, an artichoke croquette, and a Spanakopita pinwheel, and dishwalkers got to enjoy the tasty bites in Myth’s beautiful and relaxing patio.
During the Dishwalk, Sabor served enchiladas chicitas, and at 4:30 p.m., Dishwalk participants got to attend Food Social at Sabor.
Dishwalkers were lucky to be able to spend a fun and delicious afternoon in downtown San Jose. Since a number of the dishes were not exactly small, they may have had to take a break from eating for a while though. Tracy Lee is already busily planning future Dishwalks and other events. Stay tuned for what she has in store next!
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[Note: An earlier version of this post was published on Examiner.com.]