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.
21 hours ago | Fork Lift
Someone should give Santos Uy a prize. The restaurateur has made a practice of backing projects that have more personality in their door frames than many restaurants exhibit in their entirety. These projects include RiceBar, the Filipino rice-bowl...
2 days ago | Where the Chefs Eat
When Frederic Soulies opened Pitchoun! Bakery, he aimed to bring a piece of his home country to the streets of downtown Los Angeles. But man cannot survive on baguette alone (to be fair, Pitchoun! serves far more than just bagu...
5 days ago | Restaurant Reviews
It's true that stepping away from something for a time allows you to see that thing in a clearer light. The grind of weekly restaurant criticism is one of the most pleasurable grinds around, but it is a grind. It's difficult to take pause and thin...
7 days ago | Modern Mexican
L.A. may be about to cement its place as the premier city in the U.S. for modern Mexican cooking with the announcement that chef Diego Hernandez will be the executive chef of the new Verlaine Restaurant in West Hollywood. Verlaine, ...
8 days ago | Events
The number of food talks and events and conferences and night markets and festivals just keeps growing in L.A., and it's hard to know where to spend your time and money and stomach space. But a conference that's new to L.A. and looks especially no...
8 days ago | Restaurant Reviews
From a distance, Shibumi looks a little like the fanciest dive bar in America. The new downtown restaurant is not a dive bar at all — quite the opposite — but the long, shadowy room shares some DNA with a number of Lower East Side establishments f...