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Get your taste buds ready for Dine Out Escondido next week

Diversity of impacts on your taste buds and diversity of cuisines is the name of the game for the annual ‘Dine Out Escondido’ which arrives next week, just in time to shatter any New Year’s resolutions having to do with losing weight or even maintaining weight.

The city’s tourism organization, ‘Visit Escondido,’ will once again sponsor Dine Out Escondido Restaurant Week January 22 – 28, at 30 restaurants in historic downtown and all around town.

Escondido’s “Dine Out Escondido!” restaurant week will have thirty local restaurant participants, a new partnership in support of the North County Food Bank and a special ride discount offer from Lyft San Diego.

In addition to the diverse foods offered, EscoGelato is doing their special on their gelato pints in flavors partnered with local sources. Stone Brewing is participating through their brewery tours. Donations to the NCFB are coming from the tours instead of meals. Allin all it’s a uniquely Escondido event, featuring some of the many cultures that make Escondido their home, including Salvadorian, Filipino, French, Italian, American and, of course, Mexican.

Kalmia-based EscoGelato will donate $1 for every pint sold of their featured gelato flavors during restaurant week. These include Lemon Buttermilk – with lemons from the backyard orchards of the Escondido community; Honey Lavender – with lavender from Keys Creek and Honey from Stehly Farms and Maple Red Walnut – with first of the season red walnuts from Wenger Ranch.

Stone Brewing will donate $1 from every Escondido Brewery tour ticket to the North County Food Bank’s Food 4 Kids program during Dine Out Escondido! restaurant week.

The Grand Tea Room during the week will be offering 20% off their “traditional afternoon teas” which are The Grand Tea, The Garden Tea and Children’s Tea.

Louisa Magoon of the Grand Tea Room tells the Times-Advocate that “Dine Out Escondido” is “definitely great for the advertising aspect. Katherine [Zimmer, the city’s tourism and marketing administrator] does a great job of getting the word out and our name is in all her posters, handouts, website, etc.”

Nancy Alvarenga of Cuscatlan Salvadorian Cuisine is looking forward to “serving you real authentic Salvadorian food like pupusas: handmade tortillas stuffed inside served with curtido (pickled cabbage) and salsa, tamales, fried plantains and many other homemade recipes. We are a proud family owned business in the heart of Escondido. We enjoy participating in our local events that support our community. It is a great way to get people out trying new restaurants and new foods. It brings different culture food together.”

Held in conjunction with California Restaurant Month, Visit Escondido produces the successful annual Dine Out Escondido! Restaurant Week during the last week in January.

“With 30 local eateries offering diverse specials, our restaurant week gives everyone a chance to visit their favorites and create delicious new experiences,” said Zimmer. And the timing is perfect, immediately following San Diego Restaurant Week. “We’re gearing up for our awesome restaurant week… no New Year’s diet resolutions are allowed until February!”

Each Dine Out Escondido! restaurant participant will donate $1 of every special they sell during the week to the North County Food Bank’s Food 4 Kids program.

North County Food Bank CEO James A. Floros said, “We are very grateful to the restaurants that are supporting our Food 4 Kids Backpack Program through the Dine Out Escondido! campaign. Children on the program receive free meals at school during the week, but face hunger over the weekend when school meals are unavailable. Funds raised through Dine Out Escondido! will help us provide weekend backpacks filled with food to elementary school children living in poverty. The North County Food Bank encourages patrons to support Dine Out Escondido! to help us in the fight against hunger.”

And to make it even easier to enjoy yourself during this eventful week, Lyft San Diego is offering 30% off rides by using code DOE2017 (up to $5 per ride/up to 4 rides during the week). Available to all new and existing Lyft users.

For details of participating restaurants and their specials, go to http://

2017 Participating Restaurants:

Around town…
Black Angus Steakhouse
Brigantine Seafood & Oyster Bar
Carin de Ria
Chili’s Grill & Bar
Cocina Del Charro
Hacienda de Vega
North County Tavern+Bowl
Oaks Bar & Grill
Offbeat Brewing Company
On The Border
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens
The Wooden Spoon
Vintana Wine + Dine


A Delight of France Bakery & Bistro
Bellamy’s Restaurant
Burger Bench
Cuscatlan Salvadorian Cuisine
Cute Cakes
Jalapeño Grill
Kettle Coffee & Tea
La Tapatia
Mi Guadalajara
Plan 9 Alehouse
Sunny Side Kitchen
Suzy Q’s Diner
The Continental Deli
The Grand Tea Room
Vinz Wine Bar

About the Food 4 Kids program: The North County Food Bank’s Food 4 Kids Backpack Program provides weekend backpacks filled with nutritious food to elementary school students living in poverty (Escondido’s Lincoln Elementary is in the program). Kids on the program receive free breakfasts and lunches at school Monday through Friday, but face hunger at home on the weekends.

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