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Taste of Del Ray returns Friday with $5 specials at 14 restaurants

Getting hungry?

On Friday (June 3), the 13th annual Taste of Del Ray on the Avenue returns, and all weekend 14 restaurants along Mount Vernon Avenue will feature brand new offerings at $5 a pop.

Instead of a single event in the parking lot across from Pat Miller Square — as the event was done before the pandemic — dishes will once again be served at the participating restaurants, which will each make three new dishes for $5 apiece.

“This year’s Taste of Del Ray is an incredible opportunity to highlight the culinary talent in our community,” said Del Ray Business Association President Lauren Fisher. “We’re thrilled to combine our traditional Taste of Del Ray event with the success of our modified event in 2021.”

The event officially kicks off tonight (Thursday, June 2) at a sold-out VIP reception at Jack Taylor’s Alexandria Toyota. Tickets for the 100-person event were $50 apiece.

“We’re excited to ease back to an in-person event with a smaller VIP event that will kick off a full weekend of tastes,” said Taste of Del Ray chair Karen Johnson. “The pandemic forced us to pivot last year, and ask Taste of Del Ray participants to visit individual restaurants for their ‘taste.’ We heard from restaurants and attendees that they really liked this new aspect of our event. Especially popular was the weekend long time-frame, which created a delicious three-day dining experience around Del Ray.”

Diners at participating restaurants will also get a chance to chime in online on their favorite dishes, which will be recognized with a People’s Choice Award. Last year’s People’s Choice Award was presented to Stomping Ground for their cheddar blue corn grits with a pork ragu, and the Judges Choice was given to Evening Star Cafe, for their local coffee custard.

Participating restaurants