The Other Critics

Gold Goes Left of the Dial; Kuh Approves Hatfield’s Move

Quinn and Karen Hatfield
Quinn and Karen Hatfield Photo: Hatfield’s

Jonathan Gold puts down his fork to write about KCRW manager Jennifer Ferro, daring to compare the station’s importance on the West Side to that of to Vin Scully’s. [L.A. Weekly]

“If restaurants are about dreams, the corner of Melrose and Citrus is where they go to die,” Patric Kuh says about the long doomed space taken over by Hatfield’s. However, “Hatfield’s new menu sparkles with originality,” and despite initial apprehension, the critic is quite charmed with the move. [Los Angeles]

S. Irene Virbila seems generally pleased with Culina’s pizza, entrees, and wine program, though there are a few missteps among the generally excellent pasta preparations. Antipasti is where Victor Casannova “most shows his creativity.” [L.A. Times]

Merrill Shindler checks out Daniel’s Bistro and Bar, LAX’s first step on the road to revitalize its dining. The flatbread pizzas may be dry and the location’s sorta screwy, but the Cali health-and-comfort eats like chicken and apple panini seem to please him, while homemade ice cream sandwiches might be worth missing your flight. [Daily Breeze]

Tired of driving to Monterrey Park for congee? So is Sherry Irene Virbila. Here she shows you how to make it your darn self. [L.A. Times]

Gold Goes Left of the Dial; Kuh Approves Hatfield’s Move