Taste of Downtown

Renee -- August 19th, 2009

The annual Taste of Downtown event, presented by Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance, is going on today and tomorrow. Downtown restaurants offer fixed-price lunches and dinners, many at a lower-than-usual cost, so you can try a restaurant you haven’t been to before, or try a new meal at your favorite place.

Have you been to Taste of Downtown yet this year? Tell us about it in the comments!

Jack Brown’s Photo by Justin Neitzey from the hburgnews Flickr pool

14 Responses to “Taste of Downtown”

  1. Tina says:

    Last night I went to the Joshua Wilton House. Salad, entree, dessert, and a glass of wine for $35. There were four salads and four entrees to choose from, and three desserts. Everything was great!

    We had an 8 o’clock reservation (called two weeks ago and couldn’t get anything earlier) and they were running a little behind, but the staff was very apologetic about it. A wonderful experience!

  2. Joey Groah says:

    I saw what looked like some JMU students and their families out during lunch, hopefully they’re giving some restaurants a try. Great event, great chance to sample and find new favorites.

  3. Bell says:

    i wish there was some information as to who is offering what like there was last year

  4. Bell, if you follow the link to Taste of Downtown, there’s a list of which restaurants are offering what.

  5. Justin says:

    What’s with Earth and Tea Cafe having a fixed price of $9-12 dollars?

    These menu options are okay, but they are some of the most expensive restaurants in town. These fixed price menus are not the cheapest thing they sell (which is arguable as an option for this kind of thing, I understand that).

    Just seems to me like they are saying, “Hey, we have somethings on our menu! Try them!”

    I just think there is a better way to do this.

  6. You may be right, Justin. For example, Tuesday evenings are a good time to go to Cally’s. Last night, two pints of Smokin’ Scottish and a huge plate of nachos came in under $10. A combination of Happy Hour apps and Tilt the Tank specials.

  7. Bell says:

    Weird i swear that menu wasn’t on the link earlier when i posted the comment.

  8. Brooke says:

    Cally’s did NOT live up to the deal advertised in the Taste of Downtown flyer. It clearly stated, “Cally’s presents their popular three-course dinner with appetizers, entrees, desserts and a flight of beer samples from their award winning brewery.” What they actually offered was two courses – entree and desserts, with the beer sampler. Now, granted, it was still a discount from their normal prices, overall, but it was not what they advertised, and honestly, if we’d known that we’d only be saving about $6 a person, we might have just done Clementine’s. It looked like such a great deal, that we were drawn to Cally’s for our (rare) night out.

  9. Emmy says:

    It’s kind of like shopping at Costco. Sometimes the price per item is a really good deal, but in other cases you don’t save much if anything, but you think you’re getting a good deal because it’s Costco and it’s supposed to save you money.

  10. Brooke says:

    I just wish they’d honored what they let be put in print to lure people into their establishment. A little truth in advertising. Is that so much to ask? LOL

  11. Renee says:

    Yeah, the restaurants should definitely honor what they put in print.

    Did anyone try the Clementine lunch? Curious what kind of “soup & griddle” they’re offering.

  12. Renee says:

    I called to find out about the Clementine lunch, looks like I’m out of luck. She started to say, “Yes, it’s a cream of chicken…. oh wait, the kitchen told me we’re sold out of the special!” and explained they had a ton of people in today for Taste of Downtown.

    So, good for Clementine, but no luck for anyone still looking for the deal.

  13. Josh says:

    I just had Cally’s lunch BBQ special and it was awesome! Very tasty.

  14. Renee says:

    I had the $10 Cheeseburger, fries, fried oreo, and a beer special at Jack Brown’s. Pure calories (no veggies on burger even!) but yummy!

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