The former Ubuntu chef gets three stars for his seasonal selections.
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Elsewhere, Brad A. Johnson gives San Juan Capistrano's RokPrime one and a half stars.
Jonathan Gold still loves Mexican food in LA; Brad A Johnson finally finds a 3-star worthy restaurant in Orange County.
The critic is reluctant to appreciate good barbecue in Hollywood, but the restaurant overcomes her prejudice.
The L.A. Weekly critic writes, "It takes an extreme level of dedication to create an experience this flawless."
The critic compares chef Eduardo Ruiz's place to "the Latino equivalent of restaurants like Spice Table, Lukshon, Chego, or Bar Ama."
The L.A. Weekly critic likes the intentions here more than the "entrees reminiscent of Trader Joe's."
The creative Rivera chef will not longer be cooking at Playa, putting his attentions towards his Tamale Museum instead.
Down in San Juan Capistrano, Brad A. Johnson bellies up for brunch at the historic Ramos House Cafe.
"If everything weren't so well-executed, I'd say this place was ridiculously boring," the O.C. critic writes about Brea's hot Italian trattoria.
Gold says the Newport location "may be SoCal's best Indian restaurant."
The entirely wood-cooked restaurant is credited for being the "ultimate and inevitable backlash to molecular gastronomy."
In Anaheim, Brad. A Johnson falls in love with The Ranch.
Down in the O.C., Brad A. Johnson squeezes into The Cellar in San Clemente.
In Santa Ana, Brad A. Johnson loves Jason Quinn's food, even if he thinks there's a "Playground bully" lurking in the kitchen.
Serious Eats misguidedly declares that Paul Shoemaker "can feel more like a brand than an actual chef."
The Los Angeles Magazine critic calls Elia Aboumrad's French restaurant on the Sunset Strip "seductive."
The critic loves Remi Lauvand's cooking, but is perplexed by a scene that's not about the food.
LA is definitely ready for a Mile End pastrami.
The L.A. Weekly critic finds more magic in the room than on the menu.