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40 restaurants will participate in Taste Trenton June 7-9

Fourty eateries have signed up to be part of this year’s Taste Trenton, a three-day, self-guided tour. The fourth restaurant crawl will be held Friday, June 7 through Sunday, June 9.

The event is designed to encourage visitors to try out new restaurants by visiting them to taste samples that restaurant owners have selected for the special event.

“Our goal was to attract 25 restaurants this year, but when word got out that we were holding Taste Trenton again, we had little trouble recruiting,” said Taste Trenton coordinator Bernard McMullan. “In fact, some contacted us to be sure they were on the list and wanted to know when we’d be by to pick up their registration. We are proud to welcome our guests to these 40 establishments.”

A broad range of cuisines and restaurant types, including a variety of Latin American eating places offering Dominican, Venezuelan, Costa Rican, Salvadorian, Mexican, and Guatemalan food, are featured this year. Halal Brothers, which opened this spring, features Jerusalem Palestinian fare. Taste Trenton’s list also includes OD African Restaurant, presenting recipes from west Africa. African American eateries are represented as well. There are traditional sit-down restaurants, several bars and lounges, a coffee house, and bakeries that will meet visitors’ craving for something sweet.

“We have a few new features this year,” McMullan said. “More than half of the restaurants are offering dinner specials for those food tourists who are looking for a more traditional ‘restaurant week’ option. In addition, several participating restaurants have created a special Taste Trenton Beverage. I’m going to be trying out the Jamaican Horchata.”

Here’s how it works: Purchase a wristband from Taste Trenton ($7 on-line through June 6 at www.tastetrenton.com or during the weekend for $10. Wristbands are valid for the entire weekend. Go to ArtWorks at 19 Everett Alley to pick up the wristband and a passport guidebook that lists each participating restaurant, notes the specials being offered, and provides a map showing each location.

The tour is self-guided. Tour participants select which restaurants they want to visit, how long they want to stay, and which of the specials they want to try. On Saturday only, there will be free buses transporting guests from Artworks to restaurants in the Chambersburg and South Broad Street area.

This year’s Taste Trenton coincides with the Old Mill Hill Society’s Annual Garden Tour, which also uses ArtWorks as its starting point, on Saturday, June 8. In addition, Friday, June 7 is marks “First Friday” when many galleries will be opening new shows throughout city.

Participating restaurants:

1911 Smokehouse BBQ
2 Sister’s Kitchen
Big Easy of Trenton
Braulio’s Bakery
Casa Blanca Bar & Restaurant
Casdeluna Bar & Restaurant
Castillo’s Spanish & Pizza
​Cooper’s Riverview
Dubai Restaurant and Lounge
El Chapin Family Restaurant
El Manantial
El Mariachi Restaurant
El Nuevo Chapala
El Potrillo Restaurant
Frankeye’s Restaurant
​Guate Linda Restaurant
Halal Brothers
Health is Wealth Restaurant & Juice Bar
Ila Mae’s Restaurant
​Italian Peoples Bakery
​La Cabana Bakeshop & Restaurant
La Chapinita
​La Parrilla Steak House
​Mama D’s Soul Food 2
Mauceri’s Restaurant
Mi Tierra Restaurant
Mill Hill Saloon
NJ Weedman’s Joint
​Od African Restaurant
Pollo Campero
Puerto Barrios Restaurant
Pura Vida Restaurant & Bar
Sabor Latino Bar & Restaurant
Taqueria El Mariachi
Tikal Restaurant & Lounge​
Trenton Social
Zona Gallo

Written by
Krystal Knapp

Krystal has been a journalist in the Trenton area since 1999. A graduate of Smith College and Princeton Theological Seminary, she is from Detroit. She likes baseball, cats, jazz, ukulele, typewriters, chai, and good coffee. Follow her @planettrenton.

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Written by Krystal Knapp