It was a perfect day for a stroll at Santana Row on Wednesday October 13, 2010. During Santana Row’s second annual Santana Stroll, patrons of the event enjoyed a medley of warm California weather, wine, spirits and food on the row. As ticket holders lined up to receive their map of participating restaurants and shops, along with a signature Santana Row wine glass—theirs to use and keep after trying a variety of wine and spirits—their excitement was evident, as they prepared for their journey to the various dining hot-spots and shops that offered exclusive discounts during the event.
While taking a stroll to my first destination, Thea Mediterranean, for a special cocktail sampling and appetizers, the sounds of flamenco music played by Ray Soto permeated through the summer-like air. At each stop, laughing groups of friends, married couples, and young lovers were enjoying all the tasty treats each restaurant had to offer.
Some locations like Roux Louisiana Kitchen also offered entertainment. As guests sampled special wine and spirits, they were treated to live musical performances by the in-house band.
It was obvious that with each visit to a new eatery, patrons became happier and more enthused. This might have been accredited to the generous helpings of wine and spirits poured at each location. The opportunity to taste each restaurant’s featured appetizers was beneficial for the restaurants to advertise some of their delicacies. It was also a great way for patrons to sample foods that they normally may not have. And, if they liked what they tasted, they would surely have a reason to go back for more.
As the event was coming to a close, and after several helpings of refreshing cocktails and decadent hors d’ oeuvres, I made my way to my last stop—LB Steak. Although the previous restaurants I visited had sumptuous food offerings, in my opinion, LB Steak delivered, as they offered the best appetizers: a unique and clever snack creation of braised beef tator tots and fried mac and cheese balls. As others excitedly sampled these treats, it was clear that they would have agreed with my consensus.
Santana Stroll is a fun way to mix and mingle with friends, is perfect for a girls night out, and is an ideal first date excursion. Not only will you leave happier than when you arrived, but you will also experience all the finer things that Santana Row has to offer.
Make sure to visit santanarow.com for more information and tickets to next year’s Santana Stroll.