Elsewhere, Brad A. Johnson gives San Juan Capistrano's RokPrime one and a half stars.
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Interesting under-the-radar inclusions help extend one's adventures through Taco Town.
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."
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.
While the nominees mingled, Christina Aguilera took her opportunity to chow down at In-N-Out.
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.
Santa Monica may not get a Fresh & Easy after all.
The L.A. Weekly critic finds more magic in the room than on the menu.
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.
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.