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 days ago | Fork Lift
How far would you drive for a snook? Until recently, the answer to that question was simple: the distance between your current location and Coni'Seafood. Housed in a small, square building in Inglewood, that restaurant was — and remains — a pilgri...
28 days ago | Restaurant News
As much as it's tempting to start a new relationship by throwing caution to the wind, the smarter strategy is to take things slow. That's certainly been the approach Alma and the Standard hotel in West Hollywood have taken over the past eight mont...
1 month ago | Fork Lift
French food had an awfully long run. And when I say long, I mean long: When upscale restaurants appeared in America close to 200 years ago, employing a French chef quickly became the way for a restaurateur to distinguish himself, and a menu of Fre...
2 months ago | Fork Lift
In a city infamous for vehicle-induced madness, it's hard to categorize any one location as the "worst" when it comes to traffic or parking. But Saturday evening at the entrance to the Original Farmers Market and Grove parking lots has got to be a...
3 months ago | Fork Lift
In terms of transportive restaurant experiences, there are few places to which I'm less interested in being transported than Bourbon Street. I love New Orleans with the same clichéd but mighty passion that strikes almost anyone with half a soul wh...
4 months ago | People 2016
Seven million dollars. That’s how much money the 147 students in 2015’s graduating class of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) amassed in college scholarships. They went to Juilliard, Stanford, Cooper Union, UC Berkeley and n...