Results are in for Taste of Downtown

The winner of the "Best Overall" category for the Saturday's Taste of Downtown was Molly's Gourmet Catering, Take Out and Cooking School at 220 John St.

"(Best Overall) is kind of the big one," said event organizer Lisa Lee, who counted the results.

The 1,500 people who bought tickets to Taste of Downtown -- the largest fund-raiser for Advocates to End Domestic Violence -- were asked to turn in their ballots by 9 p.m.

Winning the "Best Taste" category was Crazy Burrito.

Going home with the title of "Best Atmosphere" was National Best Sellers at the corner of Second and Curry streets. The building hosted Crazy Burrito at the corner of Second and Curry.

Several restaurants competed in the Taste for the first time this year -- but only one walked away with the "Best Discovery" title: Flying Pig Pizza at 303 N. Carson St.

The restaurant is owned by Jenny and Mark Claypool, who also own Garibaldi's next door. This was the first year they didn't host a booth for the latter.

Jenny Claypool noticed how much people were enjoying their bruschetta and "Wild Pig" pizzas.

"People seem to be really receptive," she had said.

Winning the "Best shop" category was Purple Avocado at 904 N. Curry St.

"Best Band" went to Deja Blues, who were part of the winning combination at National Best Sellers.

The Taste of Downtown has been held since 1995, when seven restaurants and one band participated. This year, 26 restaurants and 11 musical groups took part.

The event funds the Advocates to End Domestic Violence shelter, crisis call line and volunteer sexual assault response advocates.


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