In Orange County, Brad A. Johnson gives DivBar a sterling review, a day before the chef takes off.
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.
The critic finds the tiny new shop "at the heart of one of the strongest culinary movements in the country."
She'll even add a star to Sherry's discontinued ratings system.
Forbidden ingredients, restaurants returning from the grave, and a major critical shakeup. Some trends and go, but these developments are more than likely here to stay.
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.
Puck "became this city's essential chef because forward is the only direction he moves in," writes the critic.
Jonathan Gold Really Loved Alma; Besha Rodell Really Got Raw at M.A.K.E. Time Out LA finds food fantasy at The Hart and The Hunter
The L.A. Times critic eats the Chinese city's signature re gan mian and gets a dose of bullfrog stew.
The James Beard-winning writer lists his battle scars and takes a stab at the bloggerati.
The camp-themed restaurant is more of a neighborhood scream than a destination.
The critic is offended by standard mall food at twice the price.
The Time Out critic calls the West Hollywood hottie "lazy" and the pizza "gummy."
The L.A. Weekly critic calls Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo L.A.'s most successful Southern-influenced chefs.
"Sometimes the intermarriage works," the critic writes of Mario Alberto's vast imagination, "and sometimes it doesn't."