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.
3 hours ago | Fork Lift
We in the food writing world love to bemoan the lack of diversity in trendy restaurants, the ubiquity of small plates and kale salads and house-made artisan pickles. Ten years after the “cook what you want!” mantra permeated modern dining, it stil...
22 hours ago | Food & Events
Food event season rolls on, and this week the LA Times continues its Labor Day weekend tradition of putting on one of the better food festivals of the year with the Taste at Paramount Studios. The three day festival has a number of events to choos...
4 days ago | Food Trends
In recent weeks, I’ve received a number of press releases about new phone apps that relate to the food world. One of them is specifically so diners can find oysters in their city. Another, announced with great fanfare from Outback Steakhouse, will...
7 days ago | Fork Lift
On my way to Australia, I stopped by E.P. & L.P. The West Hollywood restaurant is located about midway between my house and LAX, so it seemed a smart use of time, especially given the connection between the restaurant and the country for which...
8 days ago | L.A. Chefs
Charleston's loss is our gain. According to the Post & Courier, Charleston S.C.'s daily paper, former Red Medicine sous chef Ari Kolender is heading back to Los Angeles. The chef left for his home state a few years ago, first working with...