There’s no need to stand in line for reservations to try the very best of Mystic. This weekend, some of the area’s most popular restaurants and caterers will have their very own food fight on Cottrell Street in downtown Mystic and public is invited to the show.
The rain or shine event features 25 eateries familiar to foodies and non-foodies alike. One restaurant, Thai Jasmine Inc, is new to the event this year – not to be confused with Jasmine Thai Restaurant, which is a veteran participant of the Taste.
And the weather couldn’t be better! This weekend is forecast to be sunny with highs in the mid-70s while nights are predicted to be partly cloudy and low temperatures in high 50s to low 60s.
Here’s what you can look forward to at this year’s Taste of Mystic:
Mystic Rotary Club is serving Del’s Lemonade
Pizzetta is serving pizza slices, Izze drinks
Wide World of Bagels is serving popcorn, pretzels, cookies, bagels, bakery items, assorted soups
Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream is serving ice cream cup and waffle cone sundae
Beachside Catering is serving fresh local seafood offerings of the week from Grossman’s Seafood Inc.
The Fisherman is serving fresh and flavorful samplings
Zhang’s Restaurant is serving spicy tuna roll, California roll, chicken noodles, crab rangoons
The Pita Spot is serving lamb and chicken shawarmas, falafel stuffed grape leaves hummus, tabouli
Angie’s Pizza & Pier 27 is serving pizza and more
Thai Jasmine Inc. is serving pad Thai, veggie rice, chicken garlic on a stick, Thai spring roll
Margarita’s is serving fresh authentic creations from Mystic’s local Mexican restaurant and watering hole.
David Burke Prime is serving signature dried aged sirloin and warm mini donuts
High Rolllers Luxury Lanes & Lounge is serving white cheddar tater tots, lobster bisque with grilled cheese croutons
Red Lantern at Shrine is serving Thai chicken BBQ buns, steamed edamame, tempura rock shrimp
The Bridge Restaurant is serving grilled fish tacos, apple fritters
North End Deli is serving fried dough, sausage and peppers sandwiches, clam fritters
Jasmine Thai Restaurant is serving curry, papaya salad, white rice, brown rice, sticky rice, Thai ice tea, Thai ice coffee, Thai bubble tea
Chef of All Trades is serving Jamaican jerk chicken, Jamaican rice and peas, coconut chicken sticks, Jamaican beef patties
On the Spot Catering is serving flank steak sandwiches, key lime pie
Octagon is serving mojo marinated skirt steak with cassava cake and coco relish, yakiniku shark skewers, balsamic grilled mission figs served over lemon mascarpone gelato
Mystic Pizza is serving pizza slices and clam chowder
VooDoo Grill is serving pork sliders, hush puppies, jambalaya, crab cakes, buffalo mac & cheese with chicken
Mr. G’s Restaurant is serving 50/50 burgers, steak sandwiches, garlic fries
The Portuguese Fisherman is serving lobster and crab bisque, seafood stuffing in a scallop shell, lobster mac & cheese.
Participants will be competing for a variety of awards, last year’s winners were:
- Octagon won Most Creative for their Dragon Chowder
- The Pita Spot won Best Vegetarian
- Harp & Dragon won Best New Participant
- Mystic Pizza won Best Team Spirit
- Chef of All Trades won Best Decorated
- On the Spot Catering won Best Dessert with their key lime pie
- And The Fisherman Restaurant won People’s Choice
Throughout the weekend musicians such as The Cartells, High Times, and Eight to the Bar will have live performances. There are also activities geared toward children scheduled through the day.
Cottrell Street in Mystic. Sept. 6, 5 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 7, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Sept. 8, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visit the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce website for a full entertainment schedule and booth locator.