First up - Mother India's channa masala, basmati rice, naan and a vegetable pakora. I appreciated they really made an entire dish. And it was vegetarian-friendly, so two birds with one stone. Good flavors all around.
The Lebanese Bistro had their baklava and another almond cake sort of dessert. The baklava is good. One of my favorite things from them. Flaky, moist, good. The Cupcakerie had a bunch of cupcakes: chocolate mousse, pumpkin spice, peanut butter, lemon blueberry, red velvet, apple pie. Red velvet is my go-to. Always good.
Black Bear was good, but I feel like it wasn't as inspired as in year's past. They had a pumpkin curry soup and an apple, bacon, chicken, lettuce wrap. I guess it's an overall crowd-pleaser, though.
Morgan's High St. Diner is really what I was most excited about since it hadn't opened yet. They had their meatloaf, mashed potatoes, chocolate cake and coconut. Everything was delicious and my favorite thing there. Meatloaf had just a little bit of tang, potatoes were nice and salty, the desserts were rich. Super excited for this place.
Chaang Thai is consistently one of my favorite restaurants. They brought their pad thai - one of my favs. He admitted it doesn't heat well in a buffet environment - it's meant to be served right away. Still delicious, though. Also loved the side of rice.
And Garcia's Latin Market is another one of my favorites. They had their tacos pre-made and you could choose which you wanted. I went with chipotle - the best one. Tasty, plus a side of salsa.
If you haven't been, it's definitely a great way to get a taste of local restaurants and meet the folks serving your food. Plus, we don't have a ton of community events like this (I wish we did), so the more support we throw toward them, the better chance we get more like this.