Besha Rodell has been LA Weekly's restaurant critic since 2012. She is Australian by birth, and has lived and eaten in Melbourne, New York, North Carolina, Atlanta, and too many other places to mention. She has been writing about food for over a decade, during which time she has received multiple awards, including a James Beard Award in 2014. She likes tacos. And whiskey.
8 hours ago | Food Politics
Last week, I attended a panel discussion at the Ace Hotel called “Women Without Reservations.” The topic of conversation was how women in the restaurant industry had managed in such a male-dominated field. During the discussion, much of the conver...
6 days ago | Burgers
With quite a few front runners knocked out in the last round, the Final Four had one battle that was exceedingly close and one that was a bit of a slaughter. See below for how each battle went down, who won according to both the judges and re...
10 days ago | Burgers
In any good tournament, an underdog rises to the top and against all odds and overthrows a powerhouse team. Well, our burger bracket is no different. This is the part of the game where major upsets start to occur, and also where the Elite Eig...
13 days ago | Fork Lift
To explain Catch & Release, the new Marina del Rey seafood restaurant, you basically have to explain the knotty nexus of L.A.’s restaurant industry. This review ought to perhaps have a family tree attached, a diagram such as you sometimes find...
14 days ago | Burgers
The votes are in. The judges have spoken. The readers have had their say, with more that 1,300 of you casting votes. The sweet 16 has been fought and now we are down to eight burgers. See below for how each battle went down, who won according to b...
14 days ago | L.A. Chefs
Big news on the Spanish food front: Smoke.oil.salt has just announced that Perfecto Rocher, chef since opening, is no longer with the restaurant. Ownership has brought on Ricardo Zarate as consulting chef, effective immediately. Smoke.oil.sa...