They came ready to eat and left with stomachs full of West Brighton's best.

Hundreds of Staten Islanders participated in the first-ever Forest Avenue Restaurant Crawl and Street Festival Sunday.

The Forest Avenue Business Improvement District hosted the event.

Foodies had the opportunity to stroll along the commercial strip, sampling dozens of dishes along the way.

Organizers tell NY1 they hope the event brings more attention to the shopping district.

"We're known for major events we have the Saint Patrick's Day parade memorial day parade. This is gonna be another part of it. We want people from Tottenville, people from Saint George, people from Brooklyn, people from Jersey to come and visit Forest Avenue,"said Dan Clark, Forest Avenue BID.

"It exposes the rest of Staten Island to all of the wonderful treasures that we have here on Forest Avenue," said councilwoman Debi Rose.

More than a dozen restaurants participated in the inaugural event.