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Besha Rodell 

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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... more
Restaurants, Squid Ink ChocoChicken Eases Up on the Chocolate

ChocoChicken Eases Up on the Chocolate

Back in August when I reviewed ChocoChicken, one of my main complaints was the chocolate overload of the endeavor. The chocolate-flavored chicken itself wasn't that bad, but the heaping on of more and more chocolate items — from sides to cocktails — made for a wholly unbalanced meal.  Now, it...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Garlo's Pie Shop Is a Slice of Sunny Australia in Westwood

Garlo's Pie Shop Is a Slice of Sunny Australia in Westwood

Step into Garlo's Pies, the new Westwood pie shop, and it's likely a good-looking bloke with a broad Australian accent will bound up to you and happily regale you with all kinds of facts about the operation. "G'day!" he'll bellow. "First time here? Yes? Great! That means I get to...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 4 Ways to Get Free Coffee on Monday

4 Ways to Get Free Coffee on Monday

The National Whatever Day scam gets awfully tiresome, but there is one good byproduct — and that's the free stuff. Monday Sept. 29 is National Coffee Day, which means there are quite a few free coffee promotions going on around town.  From espresso in edible cups to beloved chain doughnut...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Cliff's Edge Review: An Old Favorite Gets Even Better

Cliff's Edge Review: An Old Favorite Gets Even Better

When Cliff's Edge marked its 10th anniversary back in June, some serious star power showed up to celebrate with the Silver Lake mainstay. Apart from chef Vartan Abgaryan, the anniversary dinner also had courses cooked by Nancy Silverton, Walter Manzke, Jeremy Fox and Sherry Yard. It's a lineup you'd be hard-pressed...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink An Elegy For Red Medicine

An Elegy For Red Medicine

Late yesterday afternoon, Sept. 24, it was announced that Red Medicine will be closing. The pioneering restaurant from owner Adam Fleischman and chef Jordan Kahn issued a statement explaining that new building ownership and the resultant rising overhead costs (code for: new owners have raised the rent) have caused the owners...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Szechuan Impression Review: Another Sichuan Triumph in the SGV

Szechuan Impression Review: Another Sichuan Triumph in the SGV

Szechuan Impression is not the first exciting Sichuan restaurant to open in Alhambra recently. That distinction belongs to Chengdu Taste, which opened in June 2013 to salivating and swooning and wait times of up to two hours. It was followed by a second Chengdu Taste, which opened last month to...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Chef Michael Voltaggio's New Role: Winemaker

Chef Michael Voltaggio's New Role: Winemaker

Chef Michael Voltaggio has long placed an emphasis on wine at his restaurant ink., and the wine list there has always veered towards the esoteric. It's probably no surprise then, than when he got the chance to make his own wine, he opted to make an orange wine.  Voltaggio's wine...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Free Burgers Today in Silver Lake

Free Burgers Today in Silver Lake

Haché LA has been in soft-open mode for a few weeks now on Sunset Blvd. in Silver Lake, but the hours have been dinner-only. Today marks the restaurant's grand opening, and they're marking that milestone with new hours and a burger giveaway. Haché is owned by Michael Schepers, who also...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Three Chefs Named Dinner Lab Finalists

Three Chefs Named Dinner Lab Finalists

Back in August, I did an extensive profile of Dinner Lab, the national pop-up company that had nine chefs touring the country in the hopes of winning the chance to open a brick and mortar restaurant. This update is in from Dinner Lab: From those nine chefs, three have emerged...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Alimento Review: Italian by Way of California in Silver Lake

Alimento Review: Italian by Way of California in Silver Lake

When Sotto opened in 2011, it was a big deal for Los Angeles. Restaurateur Bill Chait's project with chefs Steve Sampson and Zach Pollack got the kind of attention that only Chait can whip up. The pizza oven was flown in from Naples, along with a third-generation builder of pizza...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Northern Italian Pop-Up at Sotto

Northern Italian Pop-Up at Sotto

Sotto is notoriously devoted to Southern Italian food. But chef Steve Sampson has a spot in his heart for Northern Italian food too, and he says his customers are hungry for food from all over Italy. "Many of our loyal regulars are dying for Northern Italian food and wine," Sampson...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Jason Neroni Has Not Forsaken Los Angeles — Despite New NYC Pizzeria

Jason Neroni Has Not Forsaken Los Angeles — Despite New NYC Pizzeria

Jason Neroni announced in late June that he was leaving his post as chef of Superba Snack Bar in order to open a new restaurant with Bill Chait some time in 2015. But yesterday on Instagram, Neroni announced the opening of a pizzeria called Bside in New York City's Hell's Kitchen. ...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Would You Pay $25 For a Dinner Reservation?

Would You Pay $25 For a Dinner Reservation?

Back in May, the New York food world had quite the debate over the idea of paying for reservations at prime dinner times. The spark for this conversation was Resy, an app launched by Gary Vaynerchuk and Ben Leventhal (Leventhal is also the co-founder of Eater). Resy offered last minute reservations at...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Rita's Italian Ice Giving Away Free Italian Ice For a Year

Rita's Italian Ice Giving Away Free Italian Ice For a Year

Here's a trend to love: More and more new businesses are giving away free food to promote themselves. In recent weeks we've seen free pizza, free hot dogs, free burgers, more free pizza — and now, free shaved ice. Rita's, the Italian ice and frozen custard chain, is opening a...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink KFC Japan Is Giving Away Completely Wacko Chicken-Themed Computer Accessories

KFC Japan Is Giving Away Completely Wacko Chicken-Themed Computer Accessories

Remember the Ninja Burger? The amazing black-bunned monstrosity that Burger King Japan released last year? It was just one more reminder that Japan has all the fun when it comes to bizarre food items.  Now KFC Japan is taunting us with their own kind of awesomeness: They're giving away chicken-themed...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Saint Martha Review: A Young Chef With Exciting Food in Koreatown

Saint Martha Review: A Young Chef With Exciting Food in Koreatown

The rectangular block on the table before us looks as though it's made from pink marble. It's actually a slab of salt. Sitting atop the slab is a glistening white substance that looks like the flesh of a lychee but is, in fact, Santa Barbara spot prawn tartare, topped with...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Taco Bell Thinks We Want to Eat a Biscuit Taco

Taco Bell Thinks We Want to Eat a Biscuit Taco

It is with great sadness and consternation that I must report this news: Taco Bell is releasing a biscuit taco.  The biscuit taco joins Taco Bell's other forays into breakfast foods, which began this past March and include such atrocities items as the waffle taco and dough balls that ooze...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Berocca, the World's Best Hangover Cure, Comes to America

Berocca, the World's Best Hangover Cure, Comes to America

In a dresser drawer somewhere in my house lies my secret stash of Berocca. I keep it hidden because it is precious as gold — I wouldn't want someone just deciding to use it without good reason, and I never know when I'll be able to get more. But all...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Free Belcampo Hot Dogs at Grand Central Market

Free Belcampo Hot Dogs at Grand Central Market

Grand Central Market has recently been hosting game nights on Thursday evenings as a fun way to get people out to the market during dinner hours. This week, Belcampo, the butcher and food counter, will be giving away free hot dogs to visitors of the market on Thursday night.  From...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Don Chente and Aro Latin Reviews: Two New Ventures from Rocio Camacho

Don Chente and Aro Latin Reviews: Two New Ventures from Rocio Camacho

For the past few years, Rocio Camacho has been spreading her love around Los Angeles, in the form of mole. Beginning as a cook at Moles La Tia in East L.A. and then at her own venture, Rocio's Moles de los Dioses, Camacho has redefined mole for some of us,...…
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