The belly of Los Angeles. @LATimes restaurant critic.

You can laugh at the Bellwether's on-trend menu, but Ted Hopson's cooking is no joke — On the old TV spy comedy "Get Smart," Jack Gilford occasionally played a villain called Simon the Likeable, an operative described as "the most ruthless, cunning, evil and treacherous KAOS agent in the entire world. And a heck of a nice guy."
Feb 05, 2016

Is the Bellwether the Simon the Likeable of the L.A. restaurant scene? I think it may be.

Ari Taymor's Alma, temporarily reborn at the Standard Hollywood, is better than ever — The restaurant at the Standard is slamming, an ocean of untucked shirts and minidresses crammed into a barely reconstructed diner, sparklers jammed into cakes, frothing bottles of Champagne. A "whoomp whoomp" from a DJ somewhere in the hotel cuts through the Jimmy Cliff and the Morrissey; a dude in a royal blue tuxedo raises his glass in a toast before slumping back onto the banquette.

Star chefs Roy Choi and Daniel Patterson try to start a healthful fast-food revolution in Watts with Locol — As you crawl down 103rd Street looking for a parking space, tooling past the Jordan Downs projects and the Florence Griffith Joyner Elementary School, it is not hard to spot Locol, the new quick-serve restaurant that is trying to transform Watts one spicy noodle bowl at a time.
Jan 24, 2016

A healthy fast-food revolution in Watts? @welocol is making it happen.

Jan 24, 2016

Big-name chefs making fast food WAY better in LA's Watts neighborhood. @thejgold @latimes…

Jan 24, 2016

A fast-food revolution is happening in Watts, thanks to @ridingshotgunla and @dcpatterson

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Grand Harbor caters to seafood tastes in the $10 to $10,000 range — The first thing you should probably know about Grand Harbor is that its top-tier tasting menu costs $9,388, which is a pretty good price for a used Sentra but an awful lot of money for a meal for 10.
Jan 22, 2016

RT @thejgold: Got $9388 for dinner? Have I got a restaurant for you!

Jan 23, 2016

Perhaps you would like to read a restaurant review this morning. Chinese seafood!

Jonathan Gold restaurant review: Warm up with dizi at Nersses Vanak in Glendale — It is cold in Los Angeles. Rain is in the air. What you want to be eating is dizi , an Iranian lamb and chickpea stew, flavored with turmeric and dried lime — a popular street food dish from Tehran that seems to have a tonic effect against the chill.
Jan 16, 2016

It is an excellent day for Iranian food. Perhaps you would like to read about dizi:

Jonathan Gold Reviews the Olive Garden — Click here for Anne Fishbein's slide show. There are certain protocols to April Fools' pranks in the modern newsroom, and if you've worked at newspapers long enough, you've probably seen most of them - the urgent messages from Heywood Jablome, the punked emails that tie up screens with dancing cats,...

Seven great places for congee — If Siam Sunset is the most Thai place in Thai Town, and it is, then Delicious Food Corner, a breakfast place at the southern edge of Monterey Park, may be the most Hong Kong place in the San Gabriel Valley, which is saying a lot. Dim sum is for tourists, but rice porridge means home.
Jan 09, 2016

RT @latimes: Pumpkin congee? 7 great places for congee in the Los Angeles area, from critic @thejgold

Jan 10, 2016

I think y'all better have some . . . congee. Seven swell places:

At Leona, the roast dumpling squash makes a statement — It is clear we have entered the age of the roasted vegetable, a glorious epoch when a stalwart carrot or celery root, warmed in dying embers, can take the place on a plate formerly ceded to a game hen or a slab of richly marbled beef.

At Viviane in the Avalon Hotel, Michael Hung's French cooking is clean and soft — If you are tangentially involved in the entertainment industry, you have probably spent your share of afternoons at the Avalon Hotel, stopping by for an egg-white frittata with a visiting screenwriter friend, horning in on a buddy's lunch with his book publicist, or having a drink with an agent not quite ready to be seen with you at the Peninsula or the Grill.
Jan 02, 2016

Perhaps you would like to read a restaurant review for today. It's kind of a nice place.

Andy Ricker's Pok Pok brings a genuine taste of Thailand to L.A. — Is it possible to become converted in a single bite? Because with a single fried chicken wing at the original Portland Pok Pok in 2007, I dropped my prejudices about non-European cooking in Oregon, the crossover potential of extreme Asian funk, and the ability of a non-Thai to prepare anything like upcountry Thai food.
Dec 26, 2015

Perhaps you would like to read a review of @pokpokpdx this morning. It's complicated...

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Feb 05, 2016

Is the Bellwether the Simon the Likeable of the L.A. restaurant scene? I think it may be.

Feb 04, 2016

The LA Neighborhood Map is a few years old by now, but still: Indispensable. Thanks, @LATdatadesk!

Jan 31, 2016

What We're Into: This week I find great ceviche in Culver City and @noellecarter does Seville oranges:

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