Tickets for the 25th installment of the Taste of MainStreet are now on sale. Photo by Lauren Milner
Tickets for the 25th installment of the Taste of MainStreet are now on sale. Photo by Lauren Milner

Take a taste of MainStreet

ENCINITAS — Residents wanting to get a taste of the wares of Downtown Encinitas need only $35 and free time Aug. 19.

Tickets are now on sale for the 25th installment of the annual “Taste of MainStreet,” one of the more region’s more popular events that annually sells out.

“The big draw for the event has been our restaurants,” said Dody Crawford, executive director of the Encinitas MainStreet 101 Association, which organizes the event. “We have the most fabulous restaurants in the space of eight blocks, it is incredible.”

Ticket holders can sample from the more than 33 restaurants along Coast Highway 101 between Encinitas Blvd. to K Street and sample beers from 17 “sip stops.”

One restaurant making its debut at the “Taste” is the Encintas Fish Shop, a spin-off of a popular Pacific Beach restaurant with the same “Fish Shop” moniker.

It is taking over St. Germain’s, a venerable breakfast and lunch café, which closed its doors in April after 25 years.

The popular Pacific Beach location allows patrons to choose a fish and a marinade, and then choose whether it is served as a taco, salad, sandwich or plate.

“Any time we have a new restaurant, it generates a lot of buzz,” Crawford said.

Shops along Coast Highway 101 will be open late and bands will be performing at five venues as part of the festivities.

Advance tickets can be purchased online at and at the Encinitas MainStreet 101 office at 818 S. Coast Highway 101.

Same-day tickets will be $35, but organizers expect the 1,100 tickets to sell out in advance and recommend buying early.


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