Monday, July 19, 2010

Taste Recap

Yesterday marked the 8th Annual Taste of Tremont street festival. Chef Rocco Whalen from Fahrenheit announced on Facebook that approximately 24,000 people pass through the festival each year. Judging by the crowd, I'd say that it was another successful year. Plus we all earned a Swarm Badge on Four Square! Even though cars lined the streets of Tremont and stretched far beyond the sectioned-off area of Professor Street, I personally don't think that the food lines were bad and walking through the festival didn't feel as overwhelming and crowded as it sounds. Having the festival stretch between the hours of noon until 8PM really allows people to come and go in waves. Smart planning! Now on to the food.

"R" and I brought our appetites, and we strategically shared everything so that we could sample more dishes. We stuck with some of our long-time favorites, avoided a few tents, and tried some new restaurants. Here is a list of what we ate to give you an idea of the wide variety of dishes offered:

Tremont Tap House- Chorizo Tacos
806 Wine Bar- Beef Tenderloin Slider with Horseradish Mayo
806 Wine Bar- Cheese and Crab Dip with Crackers
Bistro on Lincoln Park- Lamb Sliders
Lolita- Mac & Cheese
Fahrenheit- Loaded Bacon Nachos
Dante- Home-made Chocolate Ice Cream
Tremont Scoops- Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich

Our bellies did not allow us to grab grub from a few vendors that I would have loved to have gotten to, like Lago's Veal Tortellini, Sokolowski's comfort food, Ty Fun's Pad Thai, and additional dishes from Fahrenheit including Asian Chicken Salad and the Cheesesteak Sandwich. Good thing there is always next year!

We met up with some friends, ran into others, sipped on cold refreshing beers, spilled a beer on someone (I wasn't even intoxicated, I have no excuse- sorry Heather!), and overall sweat off 5 pounds (ok, I wish). I don't know if you noticed, but it was HOT IN CLEVELAND yesterday. That is my only, minor, complaint about the day. As "R" pointed out- at least everyone else was hot, sticky, and sweaty as well! If you didn't make it this year, I really do recommend this annual festival. Tremont houses some of our area's best restaurants, and how often do you get to sample dishes from all of them for just $2-$6 each?!


Anonymous said...

I just had that cheese/crab dip at a networking thing at 806 the other evening. It was tasty, but the cheese congealed back together pretty quickly, even in the 90 degree heat!

Sounds like you guys had a great time. I agree with you on the Lago tortelli - that was one thing they served last year that I didn't get to either! Thanks for letting me live vicariously through this post!

Bite Buff said...

I can see that- a little bit of that was happening as we tried the dip too. And the crackers were nothing special.

We did have fun. Sorry you missed it! There's always next year.

alexa @clevelandsaplum said...

we tried a lot of the same things you did - everything was so tasty!

it was good seeing you, and yes, it was BEYOND HOT IN CLE.

holy crap, i think i can start sweating just thinking about it

ClevelandPoet said...

missed this weekend was just so packed.

everything sounds tasty and it will be on the agenda next year.

Allison M. said...

one of these days we are going to meet up again! I missed this event for a friend's wedding shower.

Bite Buff said...

Allison- Sorry to hear that you missed it- it's always a fun festival! Yes, I think some plans to meet up should be made. I'm up for anything. :) And you should come to our next blogger dinner.