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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 Picca Is Not Closing, Says Bill Chait — But Ricardo Zarate's Status Unclear

Picca Is Not Closing, Says Bill Chait — But Ricardo Zarate's Status Unclear

We started hearing rumors three days ago that Ricardo Zarate had been ousted from the three restaurants where he serves as executive chef/owner: Picca, Mo Chica and Paiche. After contacting some of the interested parties and being told the whispers were just "rumor-mongering" we thought maybe a small dispute had...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink L.A. Miracle: New York Bodega–Style Sandwich Found in Leimert Park

L.A. Miracle: New York Bodega–Style Sandwich Found in Leimert Park

When you leave a city, you never know what about it you'll miss the most. In my experience, homesick culinary longings are never attached to meals in upscale restaurants. More often, it's the cheap food you eat regularly and never think much about that ends up tugging at your heartstrings...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Wexler's Deli Review: A Fine Chef Comes to Grand Central Market

Wexler's Deli Review: A Fine Chef Comes to Grand Central Market

In recent weeks, I've developed a routine. Right after the crush of the morning rush hour dies down, I drive downtown and make my way to Wexler's Deli in Grand Central Market for a bagel with lox, cream cheese, some slivery ribbons of thinly cut red onion and a few...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Plan Check Opening Downtown Today

Plan Check Opening Downtown Today

Plan Check, the gastropub from restaurateur Terry Heller and chef Ernesto Uchimura, is opening a third location today near downtown. The restaurant has enjoyed great popularity at its Fairfax and Little Osaka locations.  The newest outpost is located on Wilshire in Westlake, the neighborhood between downtown and Koreatown. There's been a push...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Drinks and Bites in Support of Drought Awareness and Relief

Drinks and Bites in Support of Drought Awareness and Relief

One of the great frustrations of California's current drought is that, aside from personal water conservation, it's hard to know what you can do to help the situation. Next month, on Nov. 2, a cocktail party is happening in L.A. that provides a fun way to get involved.  How Dry...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink The Supreme Court Doesn't Want to Hear About Our Foie Gras Issues

The Supreme Court Doesn't Want to Hear About Our Foie Gras Issues

A few months back there was a glimmer of hope for those who wanted California's ban on foie gras lifted: A group of states petitioned the Supreme Court to hear their case, saying the ban breached interstate commerce laws.  This week, that hope died when the court decided not to...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 5 Ridiculous Dishes From Barton G., Explained

5 Ridiculous Dishes From Barton G., Explained

This week, I review Barton G., the restaurant transplant from Miami now open in Beverly Hills. In an attempt to make the dining experience "fun," Barton G.'s main enterprise is to present food in wacky dress-up. As much as I tried to express just how insane this is in the...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Eastside Food Festival Coming in November

Eastside Food Festival Coming in November

Let's go ahead and cut to the controversial chase: There's a Silver Lake food festival coming in November, and it's called the IHeartSilverlake Eastside Food Festival. For those of you who want to remind us, again, that Silver Lake is not on the Eastside, technically, we appreciate your concern. But...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Barton G Review: A Fiasco From Miami, Now in Beverly Hills

Barton G Review: A Fiasco From Miami, Now in Beverly Hills

Emailing with a reader, I mentioned that I was in the midst of reviewing Barton G, the new Beverly Hills restaurant. "I just looked up Barton G," he replied, "and apparently I don't have enough eye masks or plumage to go there." It's true: The marketing for Barton G is...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Should Chefs Be Agents of Social Change?

Should Chefs Be Agents of Social Change?

In the international world of food intelligentsia, the question of the week is this: Do chefs have any obligation to be political? And indeed, should they be, if they have the inclination? Or should they shut up and stay in the kitchen? The argument has been playing out on the...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 10 Best Restaurants in Highland Park

10 Best Restaurants in Highland Park

Even before York Boulevard morphed into a jumble of trendy boutiques and bars, Highland Park was an eater's paradise. You could eat tacos for days and never even go inside, so good are the taco trucks in this neighborhood. All kinds of regional Mexican delicacies could be found in the...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink This New Slew of Dining Apps Gets It All Wrong

This New Slew of Dining Apps Gets It All Wrong

We’ve all seen it: a couple, out at dinner, both of them basking in the small, personal glow of a smartphone. While this may have been me or you at some point, the way it looks from a distance is decidedly sad and lonely. There’s been a lot of chatter...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Anthony Bourdain on L.A.'s "Uniquely Wonderful" Asian and Latino Core

Anthony Bourdain on L.A.'s "Uniquely Wonderful" Asian and Latino Core

Throughout September, the third season of The Taste filmed in an airplane hanger in Mar Vista. The elaborate set was dwarfed by the enormity of the building, but even so, the cheers of the audience rang through the cavernous space intermittently.  The show, hosted by Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Petit Trois Review: Trois Mec's Little Sister Is a Tiny Gem

Petit Trois Review: Trois Mec's Little Sister Is a Tiny Gem

The egg-as–culinary test is something of a cliché. Many an old-school chef is said to have employed it as a means to separate the worthy cooks from the unworthy. The making of an omelette was even a major plot point in the recent film The Hundred-Foot Journey, with a French...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink James Beard Foundation Comes To L.A.

James Beard Foundation Comes To L.A.

Here in L.A., we mainly think of the James Beard Foundation as it relates to awards. But in New York, the foundation's home, it's known just as much for the dinners and events it holds at the James Beard House.  This fall, the foundation is taking that aspect of its...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Hey L.A., There Are 3 New Burgers in Town

Hey L.A., There Are 3 New Burgers in Town

In our already burger-soaked city, all of a sudden it's practically impossible to keep up with the flood of new burgers on the scene. It seems as though every day a new burger-centric spot is opening up. In the hopes of giving you some insight into a few of these...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Chris Cosentino and the Dangers of Being a TV Chef (VIDEO)

Chris Cosentino and the Dangers of Being a TV Chef (VIDEO)

The fourth annual MAD symposium took place at the end of August in Copenhagen, and as usual many talks are being released to the public in the weeks after the symposium. This morning, a video was released titled "Be Careful What You Wish For," and features Chris Cosentino talking about...…
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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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