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 | Interviews
You likely know about the numerous accolades bestowed on Alma and its chef Ari Taymor, but let's run through them again for good measure: Bon Appetit's Best New Restaurant in the country, 2013; one of Food & Wine's Best New Chefs, 2014; J...
3 days ago | Butchery
There is no side of bacon listed on the menu at Belcampo's Santa Monica restaurant, yet the four dudes at the table next to me all miraculously have a side of bacon. There's nothing fancy about the plating or preparation of this bacon — it's just ...
8 days ago | L.A. Restaurants
There now exists all sorts of permutations of the concept "restaurant," and many of them aren't easily definable. "Pop-up" was a useful term but came to mean something fairly specific: a chef or group of cooks presenting food in a temporary space ...
9 days ago | Service
Yesterday, the Washington Post ran a story by Roberto A. Ferdman titled: "The most annoying restaurant trend happening today." In it, Ferdman complained that more and more often, he's burdened with waiters who want to clear his plate before his ta...
14 days ago | Sandwiches
As a critic, it's always odd when a city's food community goes bonkers for something that you just don't understand. In Madcapra's case, the bonkers part started way before the business opened. The new falafel stand in Grand Central Market had nat...
16 days ago | Mexican Cuisine
There's a lot of comings and goings on Studio City's Ventura Boulevard in the world of modern Mexican eateries. A couple of years ago, Jeffrey Saad opened La Ventura, which recently (and quickly) morphed into Maradentro, a Mexican seafoo...