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Dining Reviews

The Taste Buds rave about Shimbashi Izakaya

Shimbashi Izakaya has it all: Sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean in Del Mar, sumptuous sushi and Japanese-style tapas, and sensational saki and spirits.

DINING REVIEW: The Taste Buds pig out at Brazen BBQ - and that's a good thing!

John Bracamonte and Brad Thomas, business partners who operate Brazen BBQ, are heart-attack serious about their barbecue and they put their reputation on the line in barbecue competitions around the country. The Taste Buds make a visit to the Hillcrest restaurant, and share their dining experience.

DINING REVIEW: The Taste Buds enjoy a relaxing weekend brunch at West Coast Tavern

David Cohen has quickly transformed the restaurant and bar in the historic Birch North Park Theatre into a popular gathering spot for locals as well as the theater-going crowd. Chef Eli Freebairn has also just taken over the kitchen and is definitely making the menu his own.

DINING REVIEW: The Taste Buds love, love, love Chedi Thai Bistro

The sound of trickling water soothes the soul, the contemporary Zen-like décor comforts the eye, and the modern Thai cuisine pleases the palate. Welcome to Chedi Thai Bistro in La Jolla, where Sutharin Pia Kampuntip, executive chef, restaurant designer and owner, has created an exquisite bistro that touches all the senses.