A couple of weeks ago I attended the Taste of Point Loma! I won the tickets on Instagram and I took my buddy Lynn of oh-so yummy with me. I won tickets last year, too, but I was too lazy to post about it back then. I didn’t want to be lazy again.
I meant to post this last week but I found out that a friend of mine passed away and I needed a little break.
Let’s check out what the Taste of Point Loma had to offer this year.
#1 Portuguese Hall
The first stop of the Taste of Point Loma was at the Portuguese Hall. That’s where you pick up your tickets! They always have an ample amount of samples. Above is a sweet custard treat. It tasted like a mini pie. I didn’t intend to eat all of it… but well, intentions went right out the window after the first bite because it was delicious! It was creamy and dense, a little sweet, and had a great outer crust that I really enjoyed.
I believe this was bread with cheese and jam.
Portuguese sausage rolls (yummy, but fell apart once you bite into it).
My plate of samples. At the top is a little cup of octopus salad.
#2 The Brigantine
Our next stop was at the Brigantine. They had Ahi Poke Wonton Tacos. Same offering as last year. And just like last year, I gave my sample to Lynn since I don’t like tuna.
#3 Point Break Cafe
The Point Break Cafe is next to the Brigantine. They had a little pot roast and mashed potatoes sample. It was… ehhhh. Not my favorite thing. Lacked flavor and seasoning.
#4 Fiddler’s Green Restaurant
Fiddler’s Green was right across the street. They didn’t participate last year. I was quite pleased to see these tiny lobster rolls on Hawaiian bread rolls. After I gave it a squeeze of lemon, this little lobster roll was perfect! Good amount of lobster, not too much mayo or filler. Very refreshing.
#5 Miguel’s Cocina
Similar to last year, Miguel’s Cocina offered mini street tacos plus chips with their amazing queso sauce. The taco was filled with juicy barbacoa, plenty of cilantro and onions, and a green guacamole sauce. I’ve always enjoyed the queso sauce here! It’s creamy, cheesy, and not too spicy.
#6 The Wine Pub
I love the dog friendly, outdoor patio at the Wine Pub. I really need to come here more often! Their samples were Corn and Roasted Bell Pepper Chowder and Crispy Brussels Sprouts. I would have preferred the chowder without the bell pepper, personally. I find bell pepper to be kind of overpowering. The brussels sprouts are not something I enjoy but I did sample it. It tasted bitter to my poor little tongue.
#7 Supannee House of Thai
There was a little line here which is why we went to the Wine Pub first. We got our little samples of Red Curry with Chicken over Jasmine Rice and Coconut Veggie Soup. I loved the sweet-sour flavor of the coconut soup. The coconut flavor was there but not overpowering. A good balance of flavors. The red curry also had an intense flavor – both samples had a nice balance that played nicely off the tongue.
You could try 1 of the two offerings at Pomodoro. One was rigatoni with a meat sauce and the other was a orecchiette with pesto sauce. Lynn got the rigatoni, I got the pesto. We sampled each one. Lynn preferred the rigatoni, while I preferred the pesto. Funny how it worked out that way.
#9 The Elegant Truffle
No joke, I have tried to come back to the Elegant Truffle several times over the last year so I could get another piece of their OMG Cake. But I have been repeatedly thwarted (either they were closed that day, or had closed early on my attempts). I was quite excited to see they were on the list again with a similar set of desserts.
The OMG cake (top) was as delicious as last year. I can’t remember what’s in that thing, but it’s definitely for chocolate lovers and I adore it. I’ve been trying to get it again for a year, man! The dark chocolate caramel candy (bottom right) got to be a little rich for me but it was quite yummy. I enjoyed the twist on the ricotta cookies this year, which were called “Sophie’s Orange Cilantro”. Last year they had lemon ricotta cookies. This twist makes me want to try adding some herbs to my lemon ricotta cookies!
I have been to Pummaro in the past, specifically because I remembered their pizza from the Taste of Point Loma. This little wedge of a sausage pizza was excellent. Perfect chew on that crunchy cornmeal-y crust with a little bit of delicious sausage. Definitely on my list to revisit once again.
I found it funny that Lynn was walking around with plates of food she hadn’t gotten around to trying yet. We tended to have a bite and then we’d start walking to the next spot. I would only eat half of my samples so I would be able to try everything. Lynn would just carry everything with her and when we took breathers, she would eat all of her food! She stashed the desserts in her car and saved them for later. I did the same thing later on!
#11 Old Venice Restaurant
I feel like this was the same offering as last year. Pasta and salad. I don’t remember this being too memorable.
#12 Seaside Pho & Grill
They moved their samples operation to be outside which was much smoother. Last year they did it inside and it seemed to back up quickly and frustrate people. Having the samples outside made it easy breezy. I had a delicious garlicky chicken wing (still crunchy!) and a nice crispy egg roll. Both tasty options.
#13 Point Loma Living Room
We got a plateful of samples at the Point Loma Living Room! They had brownies, 4 kinds of baklava, cookies, and more to sample here. I made up a little plate and covered it with a napkin to take home and sample later. I needed more room for samples! I shared this with my folks later. The hazelnut baklava was my favorite of the bunch.
#14 Blue Wave Bar & Grill
Lynn and I drove over to Shelter Island for the next two stops. There is also a free shuttle that will take you around. When we arrived we had the place to ourselves. Then the shuttle stopped by and dropped off a bunch of people. Luckily we got to watch the chef make our fresh fish tacos. There is freshly griddled cheese on the bottom of the tortilla which was topped with a piece of fish plus some fresh mango salsa. The fish was tender and flaky and not too “fishy” tasting to me. I think this is Hiramasa fish, but I only think that because it’s on Blue Wave’s menu.
#15 Quarterdeck at Bay Club
A few hotels down was our next stop. They had all desserts this time! One was a carrot cake.
And the other was Chocolate Decadence Cake. I took one of each and saved them for later.
#16 Mitch’s Seafood
We managed to park on a side street and headed over to Mitch’s Seafood. Their offering was Grilled Octopus with a romesco sauce, white bean & arugula salad with a lemon vinaigrette. I pretty much just ate the octopus and tossed the rest since I find arugula to be bitter. The octopus was very tender and had a nice herby sauce on top.
#17 Eat at The Pearl
We hopped on the shuttle to get to the Pearl. Killing me with the brussels sprouts again. GEEZ. I did eat a couple of leaves, which was crispy and crunchy and didn’t taste like bitter ass medicine, but mostly I just ate the bacon.
The Pearl was also the only stop that offered alcoholic beverages. This is the “Swan Dive” with grapefruit vodka, lemon, cherry bitters, and sparkling rose. Yum.
#18 Sushi Lounge
This was sashimi something something. I don’t remember. I gave it to Lynn. She said it was spicy.
#19 Tech Outfitters
Our final stop was at Tech Outfitters, which was a last minute addition to the Taste of Point Loma. I had to pencil them in! They had a variety of beverages to sample. This was a rose lemonade which was quite nice. Not heavy on the rose flavor, very light.
And Cold Brew Coffee! Yum!
They also had a couple of little cake samples, which I actually did eat since it was our last stop. They have some interesting drinks on their menu, such as a Red Velvet Mocha, the Rose Petal Latte, and the Lavender White Mocha. I’d like to come back and try these creative sounding drinks!
Lynn and I were able to hit every spot this year at the Taste of Point Loma – woohoo! We even finished about 45 minutes before the event ended! I felt we did a good route and avoided the majority of any lines or crowds. We never had to wait more than a few minutes for anything which was nice. I recommend trying to hit up the Taste of Point Loma next year!