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.
18 hours ago | Restaurant Openings & Closings
Chef/Partner Anne Conness (formerly of Tin Roof Bistro, Simmzy’s, Water Grill and Campanile) plans to open the doors to Sausal in El Segundo right after Labor Day on Tues., Sept. 8. The chef is describing the restaurant's style as "nuevo rancho." ...
19 hours ago | Fires
Jon & Vinny's experienced a fire last night at around 8 p.m. The fire happened between the wall of the restaurant and the next door space, and customers who were there at the time had to be evacuated. Fairfax was shut down for a time. This mor...
3 days ago | Thai Cuisine
When Night + Market Song opened, people were excited for all sorts of reasons: The idea you could get Kris Yenbamroong's cooking in Silver Lake; the idea that one of our most individualistic and talented chefs was successful enough to open a secon...
4 days 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...
5 days 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...
8 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...