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Published on February 5th, 2013 | by Jennifer Kaplan


Dishcrawl: “A Pub Crawl, But With Food”

There is new concept in underground dining is sweeping the country. If you like food and want to check out a neighborhood in a particular city, Dishcrawl could be the answer.

In 100 cities from Albuquerque to Wilmington, Dishcrawls take you on guided, walkable eating tours of a city neighborhood.

Dishcrawl tours cover hip, often off-the-beaten track neighborhoods and let you eat like a local. I learned about Dishcrawl from my son, Alex, who just started working there (disclaimer!). For example, Alex’s first event is in Hayes Valley in San Francisco, a neighborhood the SF Chronicle calls an ultra-chic corridor… a haven for haute couture, with trendy fashion boutiques, SoHo-style funky art galleries, high-end interior-decorating shops, top-notch restaurants and hip nightspots.”

Dishcrawl collects a set price, $35-$45 in most cases which includes food, tax and tip; beverages available but not included. This gets you tastings at three to four restaurants that are within walking distance of each other. The Dishcrawl website explains:

We here at Dishcrawl aim to provide you with a premier culinary social experience by bringing together neighborhood restaurants, local chefs, regional food producers and fellow food enthusiasts. Join us if you’d like to embark on a one-of-a-kind gastronomic adventure!

And while the names of the restaurants on any given Dishcrawl are kept a secret and you won’t learn the location of the meeting place until 48 hours before, I can tell you that the Hayes Valley eateries they have lined up are exciting. You’ll feel like you know the ‘hood when its done.


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About the Author

is a former marketing consultant who decided, at the age of fifty, to turn her hand to creative non-fiction. Jennifer continues to write about sustainable food and wine, the intersection of food and marketing and food politics for and is the author of Greening Your Small Business (November 2009, Penguin Group (USA)). She was named one of The 16 Women You Must Follow on Twitter for Green Business. She has four kids, a dog, a hamster and an MBA - follow her on and .

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