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Start saving your appetite, the Taste of Hillcrest food extravaganza is here!

SAN DIEGO -- Locals will be descending upon Hillcrest on Saturday, April 16, from noon to 4 pm, for the annual Taste of Hillcrest, a self-guided tour of more than 50 of the neighborhood's best and unique dining options.

Some of the city's top chefs will be prepare specialty dishes for the occasion. Everything from mouth-watering appetizers to irresistible desserts, and everything in between - start saving your appetite now! It's your chance to discover a new favorite hot spot, from cafés and bistros to Five-Star dining options.

Naturally, you can not eat all day, so for the second year in a row, dozens of the neighborhood's surrounding shops have come together for a Sidewalk Sale, offering foodies tons of exclusive discounts and promotions.

Gather your friends and spend Saturday afternoon indulging your taste buds, take advantage of retail discounts, and enjoy the friendly and charming atmosphere found only in Hillcrest.

Although more restaurants are added daily, here are some of the restaurants participating in this year's Taste of Hillcrest, listed for your convenience by street location.

Fifth Avenue

Babycakes
3766 Fifth Ave.

Bombay Exotic Cusine of India
3960 Fifth Ave.

Celadon Royal Thai
3671 Fifth Ave.

Chocolat
3896 Fifth Ave.

Deli Llama
3702 Fifth Ave.

Huapangos
3693 Fifth Ave.

Naked Pizza
3803 Fifth Ave.

Pasha Mediterranean Grill
3614 Fifth Ave.

Pizza Nova
3955 Fifth Ave.

Saigon on Fifth
3900 Fifth Ave.

The Tractor Room
3687 Fifth Ave.

Fourth Avenue

Pizzeria Arrivederci
3789 Fourth Ave.

Sixth Avenue

Lotus Thai Cuisine
3761 Sixth Ave.

Cleveland Avenue

Aladdin Cafe
1220 Cleveland Ave.

Robinson Avenue

Au Revoir
420 Robinson Ave.

Einstein Bagels
420 Robinson Ave.

University Avenue

Baja Betty’s
1421 University Ave.

Bamboo Lounge and Ami Sushi
1475 University Ave.

Banana Leaf
3975 Fifth Ave.

Bangkok Thai Bistro
540 University Ave.

Big City Bagels
1010 University Ave.

Bo’s Seafood Market & Grill
1040 University Ave.

Bread & Cie Cafe
350 University Ave.

Buonissimo 2*
1027 University Ave.

Burger Lounge
406 University Ave.

Chipotle Mexican Grill
734 University Ave.

City Deil
535 University Ave.

Eden
1202 University Ave.

Fiesta Cantina
142 University Ave.

Fiji Yogurt
1010 University Ave.

Flicks
1017 University Ave.

Golden Spoon Frozen Yogurt
1254 University Ave.

Gossip Grill
1440 University Ave.

India Palace
694 University Ave.

Lalo’s Tacos Al Pastor
1266 University Ave.

Mama Testa Taqueria
1417a University Ave.

Ono Sushi
1236 University Ave.

Ortegas Mexican Bistro
141 University Ave.

Taste of Thai
527 University Ave.

T-Deli
1469 University Ave.

Urban Mo’s Bar & Grill
308 University Ave.

Whole Foods Market
711 University Ave.

Wine Steals
1243 University Ave.

Washington Street

Brian’s American Eatery
1451 Washington St.

Daphne’s Greek Cafe
126 W. Washington St.

Or feel free to print and use San Diego Gay & Lesbian New's handy map to plan your tasting's navigational course.

View 2011 Taste of Hillcrest in a larger map

Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 the day of. This event has sold out in advance the last several years, so buy your tickets online now .