Restaurant Reviews

Take a behind the scenes look at our in-depth restaurant reviews covering our favorite dishes from the best Orange County restaurants, Los Angeles restaurants, San Diego restaurants, Southern California restaurants, and restaurants located at popular travel destinations.

Gema Brings a Unique Twist to Elevated Mexican Food in Orange County

Gema Brings a Unique Twist to Elevated Mexican Food in Orange County

Elevated Mexican food in Orange County has truly emerged and Gema in San Clemente is the latest restaurant to be added to the growing list. However, the cuisine you'll find at Gema is truly unique, utilizing not so ordinary ingredients with Mexican gastronomy. Table...

First Look: Paragon Costa Mesa Has Perfected Brunch

First Look: Paragon Costa Mesa Has Perfected Brunch

Paragon Costa Mesa just opened its new location at The OC Mix after gaining a massive loyal following as a pop-up restaurant inside Shuck Oyster Bar. Paragon is defined as a model of excellence or perfection and Paragon Costa Mesa has most certainly excelled at...

This Is Hands-Down the BEST Korean BBQ in Orange County

This Is Hands-Down the BEST Korean BBQ in Orange County

If you're looking for the very best Korean BBQ in Orange County, as usual, we have you covered. Irvine has become one of the best spots to find amazing authentic Korean BBQ and Baekjeong exemplifies what exceptional quality Korean BBQ should be. The restaurant holds...

Discover the Best Thai Food Orange County Has to Offer

Discover the Best Thai Food Orange County Has to Offer

If you're looking for the best Thai food Orange County has to offer, look no further than Hanuman Thai Eatery in Costa Mesa. Chef and Co-Owner Jenny Preechatiwong have created every dish on the menu inspired by her upbringing in Southern Thailand. Her husband, Dale...

2022 Best Temecula Restaurant is Small Barn in Old Town Temecula

2022 Best Temecula Restaurant is Small Barn in Old Town Temecula

Our pick for the Best Temecula Restaurant is Small Barn in Old Town Temecula, which just celebrated its two-year anniversary. While Temecula has long been known for its rows of wineries, it is now beginning to make a culinary name for itself. The wine country coastal...

10 Drool-Worthy Eats & Drinks From Social Cocina y Tequila

10 Drool-Worthy Eats & Drinks From Social Cocina y Tequila

Social Huntington Beach recently rebranded to Social Cocina y Tequila and I have to admit, all the new dishes and cocktails are mouth watering. Executive Chef Jackie Salazar has outdone herself by creating a delicious new menu that infuses her South Mexican roots with...

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First Look: Paragon Costa Mesa Has Perfected Brunch

First Look: Paragon Costa Mesa Has Perfected Brunch

Paragon Costa Mesa just opened its new location at The OC Mix after gaining a massive loyal following as a pop-up restaurant inside Shuck Oyster Bar. Paragon is defined as a model of excellence or perfection and Paragon Costa...

This Is Hands-Down the BEST Korean BBQ in Orange County

This Is Hands-Down the BEST Korean BBQ in Orange County

If you're looking for the very best Korean BBQ in Orange County, as usual, we have you covered. Irvine has become one of the best spots to find amazing authentic Korean BBQ and Baekjeong exemplifies what exceptional quality...

Discover the Best Thai Food Orange County Has to Offer

Discover the Best Thai Food Orange County Has to Offer

If you're looking for the best Thai food Orange County has to offer, look no further than Hanuman Thai Eatery in Costa Mesa. Chef and Co-Owner Jenny Preechatiwong have created every dish on the menu inspired by her upbringing in...

10 Drool-Worthy Eats & Drinks From Social Cocina y Tequila

10 Drool-Worthy Eats & Drinks From Social Cocina y Tequila

Social Huntington Beach recently rebranded to Social Cocina y Tequila and I have to admit, all the new dishes and cocktails are mouth watering. Executive Chef Jackie Salazar has outdone herself by creating a delicious new menu...