When Ben Brown looks at Pacific Beach, he sees a number of restaurants that might be overshadowed by the vibrant nightlife.

With the creation of TastePro, his San Diego dining tour business, Brown hopes to shine a spotlight on those establishments through a shared culinary experience.

“What I want to do with TastePro is to introduce locals and travelers to hidden gems that only the locals know about,” he said.

Customers who visit the company’s website (gotastepro.com), book a tour in either Pacific Beach, North Park or the Gaslamp Quarter. With e-mail confirmation, they have a 12-hour window

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Ben Brown loves to travel, and he loves to eat. So whenever he visits new countries, he often books culinary tours to learn about cities through their culinary culture.

But what has always bugged the 32-year-old Carmel Valley resident about food tours is that they’re on a strict schedule that prohibits lingering in spots he likes, and they’re expensive, because the ticket price includes the cost of the tour guide.

Brown’s frustration led to his creation of TastePro, a new San Diego dining tour business that does away with both the schedule and the guide. Customers visit the company’s

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