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Besha Rodell

  1. WTF
    Is This the World’s Most Confusing Wine List?“In short, it is purposefully impossible for anyone to read the list.”
  2. The Other Critics
    Besha Rodell Catches Up With Jeremy Fox at Rustic CanyonThe former Ubuntu chef gets three stars for his seasonal selections.
  3. The Other Critics
    Jonathan Gold Reviews RivaBella; Besha Rodell Considers Corazon Y MielElsewhere, Brad A. Johnson gives San Juan Capistrano’s RokPrime one and a half stars.
  4. The Other Critics
    Besha Bestows Bludso’s Bar & Que With Three StarsThe critic is reluctant to appreciate good barbecue in Hollywood, but the restaurant overcomes her prejudice.
  5. The Other Critics
    Rodell Flings Four Stars At Hinoki and The Bird; Johnson Pained By PinotThe L.A. Weekly critic writes, “It takes an extreme level of dedication to create an experience this flawless.”
  6. The Other Critics
    Besha Rodell Doesn’t Want To Eat at Lyfe Kitchen ‘Ever Again’The L.A. Weekly critic likes the intentions here more than the “entrees reminiscent of Trader Joe’s.”
  7. The Other Critics
    Rodell In Awe At Allumette; J. Gold Chipper at Chi SpaccaDown in San Juan Capistrano, Brad A. Johnson bellies up for brunch at the historic Ramos House Cafe.
  8. The Other Critics
    Besha Rodell Anchors at littlefork; Jonathan Gold Tips His Hat To TamarindGold says the Newport location “may be SoCal’s best Indian restaurant.”
  9. The Other Critics
    Gold Canuckles Under Littlefork’s Poutine; Rodell Revels in Highbrow, ‘Slutty’In Anaheim, Brad. A Johnson falls in love with The Ranch.
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    J. Gold Hails Hinoki & The Bird; L.A. Weekly Drops ‘99 Essential Restaurants’In Santa Ana, Brad A. Johnson loves Jason Quinn’s food, even if he thinks there’s a “Playground bully” lurking in the kitchen.
  11. The Other Critics
    Gold and Rodell Revel In Southern Glory at Hart & Hunter; Damon Gambuto ShredsSerious Eats misguidedly declares that Paul Shoemaker “can feel more like a brand than an actual chef.”
  12. The Other Critics
    Rodell Reviews The Parish; Gold Cuts Across The CityThe L.A. Weekly critic finds more magic in the room than on the menu.
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    Gold Mines Cortez To Find Shrunken Small Plates; Rodell Rousts Chatty Waiter andElsewhere, Brad A. Johnson eats a bunch of tacos in Dana Point.
  14. The Other Critics
    Is L.A. Having Trouble Stomaching Fair Restaurant Criticism?Chef Eric Park and readers of L.A. Weekly are blasting back at Besha Rodell.
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    Rodell Wrassles Down Black Hogg; Gold Tackles Tex-Mex at Bar AmaElsewhere, Brad A. Johnson suggests skipping the tasting menu and goling straight for the escargot shumai at Charlie Palmer.
  16. The Other Critics
    Rodell Adores The Austrian Authenticity of BierBeisel; Gold Jumps Aboard BestiaBernhard Mairinger’s European sensibilities and training net his restaurant three stars from L.A. Weekly.
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    Besha Basks in Bestia; O.C. Weekly Tears Into Fast Food MavenElsewhere, Jonathan Gold looks at his favorite dishes of the past year.
  18. The Other Critics
    Besha Rodell Regifting L.A. With a Star-SystemShe’ll even add a star to Sherry’s discontinued ratings system.
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    J. Gold Stands Beside Spago; Besha Rodell Thinks Cortez Is Killing ItThe Echo Park locavore avoids being just “a parody of 2012 and of everything Chang was deriding in his figs-on-a-plate comment.”
  20. The Other Critics
    Gold Meets Sqirl; Besha’s Back at SpagoIn other news, Brad A. Johnson finds both stumbles and success stories at Stonehill Tavern.
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    Alma Wins Gold; M.A.K.E. Made Besha RawJonathan 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
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    WuHan, Gold’s Got You All in Check; Rodell Savors The Camp at MessHallThe L.A. Times critic eats the Chinese city’s signature re gan mian and gets a dose of bullfrog stew.
  23. Ballad of El Gordo
    Besha Bashes Gordon Ramsay’s Fat CowThe critic is offended by standard mall food at twice the price.
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    Brad A. Johnson Hammers Laurel Hardware; Rodell Reveals No Surprises at NobuThe Time Out critic calls the West Hollywood hottie “lazy” and the pizza “gummy.”
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    Gold Shines Another Spotlight on Kang Ho-dong Baekjong; Rodell Rebel Yells atThe L.A. Weekly critic calls Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo L.A.’s most successful Southern-influenced chefs.
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    Jonathan Gold Go Bragh at Tom Bergin’s; Bill Esparza Explores Little“What you’re competing against consists mostly of faded memories of bad steam-table food,” the critic says of Brandon Boudet’s Irish eats.
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    Rodell Raves About Mozza’s Salumi Nights; Gold Name Checks at Plan CheckGold considers the West L.A. burger bar through the prism of Myhrvold, Umami Burger, and Blumenthal.
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    Trattoria Neapolis Sends Mixed Signals to Besha; Santa Monica loves City TavernThe gorgeous Trattoria Neapolis is reviewed by LA Weekly
  29. Leftovers
    Besha Gets Sassy on Sassafras; LA Times Says No to Prop 37Besha really likes Sassafras
  30. Let’s Do Lunch
    Superba Starts Friday Lunch and Weekend Brunch, Gets Big-Ups From BeshaWe’re excited for mole meatball sandwiches and a new burger.
  31. The New Kid
    Rodell Gives Juan’s Restaurante a Second LookThe moles blow the critic away, while other dishes are too weird, as Besha takes her first step into Gold turf.
  32. The New Kid
    Rodell Rallies ‘Round Tar & RosesThe restaurant is doing the same old small plates and market-stalking, but with more honesty than most of the others, she concludes.
  33. The Other Critics
    Industriel Grates on Gold’s Nerves; Scattergood Stoked on Avalon GrilleThe L.A. Weekly editor susses out Catalina’s “most ambitious restaurant.”
  34. The New Kid
    Rodell Underwhelmed By Short Order BurgerL.A.’s new critic turns her direct approach on the good, but “not great” burgers at Nancy Silverton and Amy Pressman’s place.
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    Gold Shouts Out Shunji; Rodell Revels in L&E Oyster BarIncreasingly, the Matsuhisa veteran is being praised for his produce more than his sashimi.
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    Besha Rodell Glorifies Mezze; Gold Returns to Next Door by JosieThe L.A. Weekly critic gives Micah Wexler the standing ovation he deserves.
  37. The New Kid
    Besha Rodell Tickled by IndustrielThe critic is confused by the concept and not impressed by the food.
  38. The New Kid
    Besha Bids Auf Wiedersehen to SpagoThe critic bemoans a lack of culinary tourists, certain that the cooking here is “flawless.”
  39. The New Kid
    Rodell Reviews The Hits and Misses at Maison GiraudFortunately for the French chef, the mistakes appear fixable.
  40. Superlatives
    Why Driving 45 Minutes Just for Ramen Makes L.A. ‘The Best’Eating in L.A. is almost as much about the journey as it is about the destination.
  41. Quote of the Day
    Besha Rodell on L.A. ObsessionsThe new critic says L.A. is obsessed with authenticity and pinpointing the “best.”
  42. The New Kid
    Besha Rodell Tangles With ink.’s Balance of Style and SubstanceL.A.’s new critic calls Michael Voltaggio’s first restaurant “Pure Hollywood,” with pretty dishes that don’t always taste spectacular.
  43. The Other Critics
    Sherry Seduced by Freddy Smalls; Besha Meets Hoodie Brigade at Mother DoughL.A. Weekly’s new critic throws out a tired Portlandia joke and receives a nasty online comment.
  44. The New Kid
    Rodell Rounds Up Local Foie BoostersMicah Wexler worries about the precedent being set, while Michael Voltaggio is excited for the challenge a ban may present.
  45. The New Kid
    Besha Rodell Reviews The Hits and Misses at Post & BeamL.A.’s new restaurant critic offers her first full restaurant review.
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    Rodell Savors the Moment at Black HoggThe critic writes her first local restaurant analysis on Silver Lake’s trendy new gastropub.
  47. The New Kid
    L.A.’s New Restaurant Critic Unrolls Her Plan of AttackThe critic will follow the rules as established by Craig Claiborne.
  48. The Other Critics
    Besha Blasts Back, First Story Coming Next WeekL.A.’s newest critic offers up humility, surprise, and courage when confronting mean-spirited comments comparing her appearance with Jonathan Gold’s.
  49. Unwanted Exposure
    Has L.A. Weekly’s New Critic Been Exposed and Does It Really Matter?“The anonymous critic is a conceit these days anyway,” says L.A. Weekly food editor Amy Scattergood, who isn’t exactly sure
  50. Besha Rodell
    L.A. Weekly Hires Besha Rodell To Replace Jonathan GoldThe former New Yorker was most recently the food editor at Creative Loafing Atlanta.