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 L.A. Weekly critic likes the intentions here more than the "entrees reminiscent of Trader Joe's."
Down in San Juan Capistrano, Brad A. Johnson bellies up for brunch at the historic Ramos House Cafe.
Gold says the Newport location "may be SoCal's best Indian restaurant."
In Anaheim, Brad. A Johnson falls in love with The Ranch.
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 L.A. Weekly critic finds more magic in the room than on the menu.
Gold Mines Cortez To Find Shrunken Small Plates; Rodell Rousts Chatty Waiter and Uneven Execution at Le Ka
Elsewhere, Brad A. Johnson eats a bunch of tacos in Dana Point.
Chef Eric Park and readers of L.A. Weekly are blasting back at Besha Rodell.
Elsewhere, Brad A. Johnson suggests skipping the tasting menu and goling straight for the escargot shumai at Charlie Palmer.
Bernhard Mairinger's European sensibilities and training net his restaurant three stars from L.A. Weekly.
Elsewhere, Jonathan Gold looks at his favorite dishes of the past year.
She'll even add a star to Sherry's discontinued ratings system.
The Echo Park locavore avoids being just "a parody of 2012 and of everything Chang was deriding in his figs-on-a-plate comment."
In other news, Brad A. Johnson finds both stumbles and success stories at Stonehill Tavern.