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Restaurant Critic and Columnist — LA Times
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The belly of Los Angeles. @LATimes restaurant critic.

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Jonathan Gold drops anonymous restaurant critic mask

latimes.com — I have posed for pictures shrouded in gauze, wearing a dinosaur mask and shaded into a Hitchcockian silhouette. My face has been obscured by giant wineglasses, beer steins, menus, stacked dim sum steamers, Wheaties boxes, a Thomas the Tank Engine and a perforated tortilla. My Facebook profile picture is of a Jonagold apple.

Jonathan Gold drops anonymous restaurant critic mask

latimes.com — I have posed for pictures shrouded in gauze, wearing a dinosaur mask and shaded into a Hitchcockian silhouette. My face has been obscured by giant wineglasses, beer steins, menus, stacked dim sum steamers, Wheaties boxes, a Thomas the Tank Engine and a perforated tortilla. My Facebook profile picture is of a Jonagold apple.

Pistola is the land of big meat and handmade pasta

latimes.com — If you've traveled much in Italy, you probably have an idea of what an Italian steak meal might be like: a small antipasto or two, an unchallenging pasta and then a honking piece of meat, charred salty black in the fireplace but warm and bloody within, portioned out among everybody at the table.

Chinatown emerging as L.A.'s hottest restaurant destination

latimes.com — The arts district, flanking the Los Angeles River downtown, is approaching peak restaurant density. That patch of Pico Boulevard near Fairfax Avenue is vibrant in ways nobody could have predicted a decade ago.

Object of Desire: Kakiage, the Bloomin' Onion of the tempura world

latimes.com — Perhaps you are in Little Tokyo, as one often is, and you are in the mood for noodles, and you fear that you may perish from hunger, pure hunger, if you are forced to endure the wait at either Daikokuya or Shin-Sen-Gumi.

Jonathan Gold's top 10 restaurant dishes of 2014, the alternative edition

latimes.com — It has come to my attention that a few Times readers found my list of the best dishes of 2014 disturbing. Not all of you, it seems, are as delighted as I am to live in a city whose attractions include chicken neck tacos, blood soup and jellied pigskin molded into the shape of carp, to say nothing of snails, pureed chicken livers, aged mackerel and sea urchin gonads on rice.

Jonathan Gold's top 10 restaurant dishes of 2014

latimes.com — 2014 - I remember 2014. In Los Angeles, it was the year of peak steakhouse. It was a year of artisanal soda pop, $16 cheeseburgers and chef-ly barbecue. Tacos entered their Mannerist period. Cocktails largely supplanted wine, even in fine-dining restaurants. Kale, sea urchin, offal and poached eggs were still everywhere.

Object of Desire: leek cakes at Chinatown's Kim Chuy

latimes.com — Perhaps you are in the Far East Plaza, and the line outside Pok Pok Phat Thai is too long, and you are in the mood neither for vegan maple-Oreo ice cream at Scoops nor Ooey Gooey Fries at Chego. You could walk across the street for a plate of duck rice at Lucky Deli.

Review: At Ledlow, Josef Centeno is serious about American cuisine

latimes.com — When people ask about the modern way of eating in Los Angeles, the succession of wildly variant small plates followed perhaps by a big, shared platter of meat, I sometimes refer them to Josef Centeno, who got the style started here when he was chef of the long-defunct Koreatown restaurant Opus a decade or so ago.
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Jan 30, 2015

Attention old-school @RAIDERS fans. A DIY danger-dog cart might be right for you! lat.ms/163TChP

Jan 29, 2015

@robertsietsema You bet! She-crab soup, the best-ever brisket, and chess pie for dessert.

Jan 29, 2015

RT @austinbeutner: Sundance 2015: 'City of Gold' documents eclectic Times critic Jonathan Gold fw.to/QiNCUCa

Jan 28, 2015

@robertsietsema I think I've been to all five of these with you. But not on Valentine's Day.

Jan 28, 2015

Very much so. RT @ben_westhoff You were at meeting when NWA first played them Gangsta Gangsta? bit.ly/1zZ5lvC

Jan 27, 2015

Guerrilla Tacos! RT @guerrillatacos anywhere in Park City I shouldn't miss eating at?

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