The Other Critics

Sam Sifton Challenges Gold, GQ, and Shindler; Brad A. Johnson Adores Lazy Ox

Ludo's fried chicken scores again
Ludo’s fried chicken scores again Photo: Hadley Tomicki

Jonathan Gold looks at the places he dined at last week, with highlights including Khmer “tacos,” a sundae at Twohey’s, a trip to new Elements, and favorite haunts Golden Deli and El Colmao. [L.A. Weekly]

The New York Times’ Sam Sifton admires Gold’s “99 Things to Eat in Los Angeles Before you Die” edition, but argues with the “prosecutor’s case” that L.A. is the best place in the world to eat. [New York Times]

After Papadakis Tavern’s closing, Merrill Shindler feels San Pedro “is in dire need of a restaurant that defines the good life by the harbor” and nominates eclectic Beach City for the job. He reminds us that GQ also dubbed L.A. the best eating city “in the world.” [Daily Breeze]

Brad A. Johnson gives Lazy Ox Canteen “four stars,” calling it “the best example of a true, chef-driven gastropub L.A. has ever had.” [Angeleno]

Bruce Marder’s House Cafe has “something for everyone” and has become one of S. Irene Virbila’s go-to spots for casual dining (she doesn’t do junk, she assures us). We’ve got five on a photo, Bruce! [L.A. Times]

Jonathan Gold loved Ludo Lefebvre’s chicken again while Krissy Lefebvre made repeated jokes about her husband’s “balls” at The Foundry’s last Bluesy Tuesday, in possibly the hardest-to-read, Twitter-address-laden review of all time. [L.A. Weekly]

Jonathan Gold breaks the news gently that while you will find Korean dumplings at K-Town’s Ddo Wa, you still have to haul your butt to The San Gabriel Valley if it’s Chinese dim sum you seek. [L.A. Weekly]

Los Angeles magazine predicts 7th Street to be Downtown’s “restaurant row” and likes new Soi 7, even if it’s traditional dishes aren’t “on par with those of the Thai Town stalwarts.” [Los Angeles]

Sam Sifton Challenges Gold, GQ, and Shindler; Brad A. Johnson Adores