In a year of dining in Burbank, I have only sampled a fraction of the culinary tapestry that invites diners to explore different cultures downtown. Sure, my wife and I have our favorites, but there are only so many Market City breadsticks one can stuff down a gullet.
Next week, though, the gauntlet will be thrown down. Burbank is daring me to try them all with the Taste of Downtown Burbank, a 40-restaurant showcase of snacks and savories ready and willing to give my taste buds their greatest challenge ever (and you’re reading the guy who sought out and conquered the hottest habañero-infused concoctions at the Buffalo Wing Festival in Buffalo, N.Y.).
The event, now in its eighth year, encompasses four city blocks. The admission ($10 to $45) goes to help families participate in programs at the YMCA — though folks tell me the event is about much more.