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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