All aboard for a 'round-the-city tour of Santa Ana's favorite restaurants.
Starting on Sunday, September 24th, we're heading to each Council Ward of the City to taste the food and meet the people, culminating in a giant 'Taste of Santa Ana' event at MainPlace Mall on September 30th.
The six restaurants we're celebrating for Santa Ana Restaurant Week (SARW) were selected by popular vote and events have been planned at them for fans and new friends to gather together at these treasured spots.
DAY 1: LOLA GASPAR
Starting on Sunday, September 24th, Lola Gaspar (Ward 2) kicks-off Restaurant Week with a Chef's "Thank You" BBQ celebrating nine years anchoring the Downtown Santa Ana Artists Village with great food and ambiance. RSVP for a free BBQ lunch while you hang out at Lola's and enjoy the adjacent Downtown Farmers' Market. Mayor Pro Tem Michele Martinez will be on-hand to show the City of Santa Ana's appreciation for Lola Gaspar.
DAY 2: BAJA FISH TACOS
On Monday, September 25th, Baja Fish Tacos (Ward 4) will be welcoming adoring fans with open arms as they receive "yet another award" for their fresh quality, amazing taste, and superb customer service. Just eating here is celebration enough, but we're adding Los Salazar, a Santa Ana-based father-daughter-son Mariachi trio and a guest appearance by Ward 4 Councilmember David Benavides just to spice up a Monday!
DAY 3: LUCILLE'S SMOKEHOUSE BAR-B-QUE & FRIENDS
On Tuesday, September 26th, local media and food bloggers are meeting up at Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que (Ward 3) to experience a tour of extreme eats unearthed at MainPlace by Santa Ana-based food bloggers, Foodbeast. Starting off with a Brisket Mac Melt at Lucille's, we'll venture into MainPlace Mall to try Monkey Brain rolls at Wokcano and the towering Pineapple Loka at Botana Express. Special appearance by Ward 3 Councilmember Jose Solorio.
DAY 4: COWGIRLS CAFE
On Wednesday, September 27th, we're hosting a High Noon Lunch at high noon at Cowgirls Cafe (Ward 1). RSVP and come dressed in western-wear attire for a hearty lunch at high noon.
DAY 5: TORTAS SINALOA
On Thursday, September 28th, Tortas Sinaloa (Ward 6), a bustling torta and aguas frescas spot at the Riverview West Marketplace invite you to taste samples and enjoy Norteño music.
DAY 6: EL TORO CARNICERIA Y TAQUERIA
On Friday, September 29th, El Toro Carniceria y Taqueria (Ward 5), enjoy free tacos along with special guests, Ward 5 Councilmember Juan Villegas and the BIMBO Bear. There's also music and prizes like a sweet bike!
DAY 7: TASTE OF SANTA ANA
Finally, on September 30th, everyone is invited to meet back up at the Taste of Santa Ana (Ward 3), a citywide celebration of the best food, along with beer, wine and live music at MainPlace Mall. Tickets are available online in advance. Get $10 off Taste of Santa Ana VIP tickets with code SARWVIP or get $5 off Taste of Santa Ana General Admission with code SARWTOSA
About Santa Ana Restaurant Week
The producers of Santa Ana Restaurant Week (SARW) are same the people who bring you your favorite Santa Ana community events like Savor Santa Ana, DTSA First Saturday Artwalk and the Santa Ana Historic Street Breakfast.
That means Santa Ana Restaurant Week is produced by community partners, Downtown Inc., with support by the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce/City of Santa Ana Economic Development Collaborative on this project. Taste of Santa Ana is presented by the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce.
We look forward to eating with you.