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Kenneth Simonton, of Pittsburg, get a sampling of the crispy pork belly at Momo's in Old Town Pittsburg during the first Culinary Crawl where people got to visit six local restaurants on the tour in Pittsburg, Calif., on Thursday, June 20, 2013. (Dan Rosenstrauch/Bay Area News Group)

PITTSBURG -- The bad news is that budgetary constraints have forced the classic car show to scale back this summer. The good news is that six restaurants are holding a Culinary Crawl to fill in the alternating weeks when classic cars aren't in Old Town on those warm Thursday evenings.

The first crawl took place June 20 and was a complete sellout. The next crawl is scheduled for July 18. The $5 ticket price covers an appetizer served at each of the participating restaurants: Dad's BBQ, EJ Phair Restaurant & Brewery, La Veranda, Lumpy's Diner, Momo's, and New Mecca Cafe. One of the restaurants also hosts the event, which means the tour ends up there where live entertainment is provided. New Mecca served as the host restaurant for the kickoff event.

The free classic car show, which includes musical entertainment, made its 2013 debut on Thursday. This year, there was a significant cutback in funding provided by the Pittsburg Power Co. to pay for live entertainment, along with marketing, police and public works services needed to put on the car show, said Rose Mary Tumbaga of the Pittsburg Arts & Community Foundation. And for the first time, there will be a $10 entry fee for cars that are displayed in the show.

"That's a little controversial, but we've got to pay the bills," she said.

While the reduction in funding resulted in fewer car shows this summer, it also created an opportunity for the city's first-ever Culinary Crawl.


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"This is kind of a supplemental event to add more excitement, to keep people coming to downtown," said Kolette Simonton, Pittsburg's community relations manager.

After a fireworks display that will take place in the Pittsburg Marina on the Fourth of July, the car show and Culinary Crawl will be featured on alternate Thursday evenings throughout the rest of the summer.

Contact Eve Mitchell at 925-779-7189. Follow her on Twitter.com/EastCounty_Girl.

simmering summer
July 11 -- Classic car show
July 18 -- Culinary Crawl
July 25 -- Classic car show
Aug. 1 -- Culinary Crawl
Aug. 8 -- Classic car show
Aug. 15 -- Culinary Crawl
Aug. 22 -- Classic car show
Aug. 29 -- Culinary Crawl
Sept. 5 -- No event due to Seafood Festival preparation
Sept. 12 -- Classic car show
Sept. 19 -- Culinary Crawl
Sept. 26 -- Classic car show
NOTE: On scheduled Thursdays, three-hour Culinary Crawls will start at 5 p.m. at the Railroad Book Depot, 650 Railroad Ave. Only 100 tickets are sold for each event. Tickets are $5 for each event and can be purchased at the Railroad Book Depot.
Classic car shows take place on Railroad Avenue in Old Town from 5 to 8 p.m. on alternate Thursdays.