A Taste of Uptown brings you a wonderful taste of global cuisines from around the world, locally

by Lois Cooper

It’s September, which means it’s time for the first ever “Taste of Uptown” event, a walking food tour on Wednesday, September 26th from 4 to 10pm. Mark your calendars if you haven’t done so already!

You don’t want to miss this unique event hosted by Uptown Main Street (UMS), the newest Main Street program in the District. The good news is that tasting passes start at $5! That price provides an opportunity for everyone to sample tasty cuisine from around the globe. Since this is a walking tour, it’s also a great way to see all that the corridor has to offer.

The event kicks off at 14th and Kennedy Streets NW.

Uptown Main Street encompasses 36 blocks linking two unique communities that feature a variety of diverse businesses, and some great outdoor patio seating. Just think about it, you can sample pork sliders at Lyman's Tavern, enjoy Red Derby's Cinnamon Mule or delight in Andrene's Soul Food & Caribbean Café's delicious chicken while strolling the neighborhood. With 10 restaurants to choose from, there will be something for everyone! 

To make the experience effortless you can pick up your custom designed maps at one of the check-in locations the day of the event. There are a few ways for you to travel around the corridor during the event – by free pedicab, bus, carshare or by putting your walking shoes to good use!

Taste of Uptown is a winning combination for all. Get your tickets now! This awesome event promises fun, food and a fabulous good time. See you there! 

Buy your tickets before they sell out! >

Uptown Main Street helps small local businesses on Upper 14th Street NW and Kennedy Street NW thrive. All proceeds from ticket sales will be reinvested into the community to help the business district flourish. I can’t think of a more delicious way to support a great cause!

Participating Restaurants:

Andrene's Soul Food & Caribbean Cafe
Taste: Curried chicken w/ rice & beans OR jerk wingetts w/ rice & beans.

ANXO Cidery & Tasting Room
Taste: Canapé featuring ham from Epic Curing, tomato jam, shaved idiazabul cheese on pan rustico from Lyon Bakery AND a taste of ANXO's Cidre Blanc or Sidre Natural.

Cheesemonster (a pop up at L'Enfant Flower Shop)
Taste: Seasonal Fall Cheesy Bite featuring 2 year aged cheddar from Shelburne Farms, granny smith apples & toasted walnuts.

Highlands Cafe
Taste: Fried green tomatoes OR shrimp and grits.

Jackie Lee's
"ABT," a bacon-wrapped and pimento cheese-stuffed jalapeno OR a "New Old School" Old Fashion cocktail.

JJ's Restaurant

Las Placitas Restaurant
Chicken, vegetable or beef taco AND a bean and cheese pupusa.

Little Coco's
Taste: Green Onion & Fontina Zeppole OR a Small Fresh Basil Gimlet.

Little Havana
Taste: One vegetable, beef or chicken empanada.

Lyman's Tavern
One pork slider.

Mezcalero Cocina Mexicana
Small portion of ceviche.

Moreland's Tavern
One meatball slider.

Red Derby
Cinnamon Mule featuring Fireball whiskey, ginger beer, and fresh lime.

Salt & Pepper Grill
Butter Chicken and rice OR Chicken Tika Masala and rice.

Soup Up
Half-size portion of vegan OR non-vegan soup.