Elsewhere, Jonathan Gold looks at his favorite dishes of the past year.
The critic finds the tiny new shop "at the heart of one of the strongest culinary movements in the country."
The Echo Park locavore avoids being just "a parody of 2012 and of everything Chang was deriding in his figs-on-a-plate comment."
The critic makes his Dickensian debut. Can he possibly restrain himself for asking for "more?"
In other news, Brad A. Johnson finds both stumbles and success stories at Stonehill Tavern.
The critic will appear in a local production of A Christmas Carol.
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The L.A. Times critic eats the Chinese city's signature re gan mian and gets a dose of bullfrog stew.
The camp-themed restaurant is more of a neighborhood scream than a destination.
The personalities are getting together to schmooze on grandma's home-cooking.
"Sometimes the intermarriage works," the critic writes of Mario Alberto's vast imagination, "and sometimes it doesn't."
"What you're competing against consists mostly of faded memories of bad steam-table food," the critic says of Brandon Boudet's Irish eats.
Gold considers the West L.A. burger bar through the prism of Myhrvold, Umami Burger, and Blumenthal.
Dubs the chili crab a "cult dish" at its new Tiara Cafe location.
Jonathan Gold should always be first.
The critic calls Jason Neroni's recipes "sunny and straightforward."
The critic was married at what he refers to as "one of the city's best."
Rosemead's new Sichuan earns mighty accolades for its hand-cut noodles and six-spice broth.
The critic declares, "nothing here is revolutionary; almost everything here is good" at Osteria Drago.