Proprietors Val, a native of Thailand and Art Habbestad deserve much of the credit for the emergence of the Hillcrest restaurant scene. It was 1989, they opened their marvelous Taste of Thai restaurant right in the heart of the vibrant community. It was a time when Thai food was coming into its own. Taste of Thai started a unique trend of Thai food and the first vegetarian cuisine in the San Diego area. The location was perfect and the locals embraced the hip and trendy restaurant. To this day, the restaurant still remains among the most popular, despite the fact that a number of other Thai spots have opened up near by. In 1997, Art and Val opened up a second, even more beautiful restaurant at Flower Hill Mall in Del Mar and experienced instant success.
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