Generally I enjoy outdoor food festivals. It's a chance for restaurants to showcase their cuisine. We tried Taste of Arlington this weekend. With discount ticket deals from What's the Deal and Living Social, the crowds were unbelievable.
Giant paella pan at Jaleo.
Smaller paella pans at La Tasca.
Chicken and chorizo paella with asparagus.
Sangam's 2-ticket combination.
Chickpeas, butter chicken, saffron rice, mini vegetable samosas, chicken kebab and lamb kebab.
Bayou Bakery's snowball.
The chili from Willow was excellent, and a friend liked the braised shortrib from Pinzimini. Some restaurants dishes were disappointing (honey donuts from Lebanese Taverna and mini cheeseburger from BGR). Lines were ridiculously long, and this is not an event for the impatient. It seemed pretty cruel that people brought their dogs to such a crowded venue, athough the Dalmatian-Chihuahua mix was super cute.