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.
12 hours ago | Vegan
In this week's review, I take on the state of vegan food in Los Angeles, and the issues with the vegan cooking at Little Pine in Silver Lake. As I expected, much of the blowback from readers involves the fact that I'm a meat eater, and therefore h...
2 days ago | Fork Lift
Sometimes it seems as though culture is just a series of backlashes, a boomerang that ricochets from one idea or style or taste directly to the opposite. Right now, after years of pork belly worship, of foie gras overload and offal idolatry, we ha...
2 days ago | L.A. Chefs
For months now there's been talk of chef Marcel Vigneron opening a restaurant called Beefsteak at 7661 Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood. The website for that as-yet-unopened business — touted as a "fast casual concept" serving "globally inspi...
5 days ago | Fast Food
Earlier this week, Redbird chef Neal Fraser gathered a bunch of L.A. food writers and bloggers and Instagrammers for what promised to be "a one-night-only dining experience with one of Los Angeles’ best-known chefs in a secret location." And that ...
8 days ago | Where the Chefs Eat
Katsuji Tanabe is already a great example of the rich cultural jumble we call home. The half Mexican and half Japanese chef runs MexiKosher, which is of course exactly what it sounds like: a Mexican restaurant that's also kosher. Its location is n...
9 days ago | Fork Lift
"The thing we like to do at Pok Pok is give you a bunch of instructions to go with your food," our server tells us in a kind of jubilant but also apologetic manner, as he plunks down various ramekins and saucers and condiment caddies. He opines th...