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.
2 days ago | Restaurant Reviews
It's true that stepping away from something for a time allows you to see that thing in a clearer light. The grind of weekly restaurant criticism is one of the most pleasurable grinds around, but it is a grind. It's difficult to take pause and thin...
4 days ago | Modern Mexican
L.A. may be about to cement its place as the premier city in the U.S. for modern Mexican cooking with the announcement that chef Diego Hernandez will be the executive chef of the new Verlaine Restaurant in West Hollywood. Verlaine, ...
5 days ago | Events
The number of food talks and events and conferences and night markets and festivals just keeps growing in L.A., and it's hard to know where to spend your time and money and stomach space. But a conference that's new to L.A. and looks especially no...
5 days ago | Restaurant Reviews
From a distance, Shibumi looks a little like the fanciest dive bar in America. The new downtown restaurant is not a dive bar at all — quite the opposite — but the long, shadowy room shares some DNA with a number of Lower East Side establishments f...
10 days ago | Lists
Los Angeles has a reputation as a fairly early-to-bed city. This is largely due to the travesty of our liquor laws, which require bars to be completely cleared of patrons by 2 a.m. Many people people that restaurants shut down early, too. But if y...
10 days ago | Where the Chefs Eat
The first time I tried to find Shawn Pham's restaurant Simbal, I spent ten minutes staring at the address location on the phone while circling the block and wandering through Japanese Village Plaza trying to figure out where the heck I was going. ...