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Friday, October 3, 2014



WE’RE INVITED--San Diego's historic South Park neighborhood introduces a fun food event called the Taste of Harvest at its annual Fall Walkabout, Saturday evening, Oct. 4 from 6 to 10 pm.

South Park (all things south of Juniper Street) has something new for foodies and lovers of unique libations attending the South Park Fall Walkabout on Oct. 4: A Taste of Harvest, featuring $5 fall-themed bites provided by local restaurants and pubs. That's $5 per stop per person.

$5 Taste of Harvest specials will include Sweet Potato Sliders at Station Tavern, Pumpkin Spice Brownie Sundaes at Eclipse Chocolate, dessert empanadas and drink specials at The Rose, and pints of Stone Coffee Milk Stout and Stone Go To IPA at the Stone Company Store South Park. Additional specials will be updated on the South Park website as announced (

Also offering a $5 Taste of Harvest, local food truck Sweet Treats will be sponsored by South Park shops Bad Madge, Graffitti Beach, JUNC Life, and Make Good to serve their most delicious fall-themed desserts in the lot at 2221 Fern St. while local DJ Professor Shadow spins vinyl and old-school tunes.

Like all Walkabouts before it, the Fall Walkabout will also feature extended business hours as well as sidewalk snacks, entertainment, discounts, new merchandise, and more. Grant’s Marketplace will celebrate its 12th Anniversary during the Fall Walkabout with live music, free hot dogs, and special discounts in the store. Left Hand Black Tattoo & Gallery will host the opening reception for its 3rd Annual “Horror Business” art show, which will feature a collection of painted meat cleavers from over 50 artists. Graffiti Beach will have local San Diego jewelry designer Cheryl Dolfo of The Altered Chain in person selling her unique line of contemporary jewelry that includes dainty crystal bracelets and constellation necklaces.

Over the years, Walkabouts have encouraged local shopping, introduced the community to new visitors, and transformed South Park into one of San Diego’s most desirable neighborhoods. Started in 2002 by a few business owners who wanted to promote South Park as a safe, walkable neighborhood at night, the free, quarterly evening festival now showcases 70+ unique, locally owned shops, boutiques, restaurants and taverns.

The South Park Business Group will have an information booth at the corner of Juniper & 30th, near California Liquor, offering maps and Walkabout Guides along with information about events and businesses. Visitors can enter a free raffle at the info booth to win a basket full of South Park goodies and gift certificates. To get around South Park, visitors can take a free trolley that stops at the major business intersections.


Saturday morning, October 4

Mission Hills Historic Walking Tour

9 & 11am · 90 minutes
Tour starts from Powers Plumbing
1705 West Lewis Street
San Diego 92103
This tour will focus on the early architects of Mission Hills subdivisions of Arnold & Choates and North Florence Heights. The tour will include the 1912 West Lewis Street mixed-use commercial district, an early Mission Revival church by William E. Gibb, a modern 1921 church by Louis Gill, a progressive school by William Templeton Johnson and the 1935 former Neuner Brothers Ford Dealership Art Deco building. Also featured will be Prairie Row, one of the most intact and largest collections of Prairie style homes in San Diego as well as Mead & Requa Corner, a hidden intersection of 1912 homes by this talented firm. Tour goers will learn about the architecturally diverse and significant homes of Mission Hills as well as the fascinating people who lived in them.

Tix: $15 at

Can you believe the huge boom in foodie places in North Park?  Frankly, I love it.  Streetcar is an about to open chic designed beer/wine/food centric eatery at 30th & Lincoln.

Of course, Underbelly II, La Perla, Swamie Cafe, Modern Times, Influx, Wow Wow Waffles have been open for at least a month or more and other places are still in the works like the Sushi place at University and Granada. 

And, now that Marie's diner on the northeast side of 30th and University is GONE, you gotta figure someone will take a flyer in that prime spot.  What is cool is the fact top spots like Smoking Goat, Alexander's, Wang's, Urban Solace, Waypoint, IlPostino are going strong!

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