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

Review: Roy Choi's Commissary is both abstract riff, hotel coffee shop — Not so long ago, the greatest chefs were defined by their crawfish gratins, truffled soups and elaborate pheasant galantines. At the moment, a chef's seriousness may well depend on his or her skill in preparing carrots. Daniel Patterson, of San Francisco's Coi, infuses his carrots with the essence of hay, combining the flavors that horses love best.

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Zach Pollack turns Italian food upside down at Alimento — If you've been to a party in Silver Lake lately, gulped sulfite-free Grenache on a back porch lighted year-round with votive candles and strings of Christmas lights, you know certain things to be true. The neighborhood is not on the Eastside, no matter how passionately some of its residents insist it is.

Catfe's debut turns into a kitten party and Jonathan Gold was there — Few upcoming restaurants have gotten quite so much play as Catfe, which is hoping to become the first American equivalent of the cat cafes in Japan. Who but the squeamish and the allergic could possibly object to a room where it is possible to throw back an espresso and pet a cat or two for a reasonable hourly fee?

Petit Trois is a bistro done Lefebvre's way — When you are evaluating a sushi bar, you can tell a lot by looking at the tamago , the sweetened omelet often served as a last course. To casual customers, it may be a throwaway, but the consistency and texture reveal a lot about a chef's concentration and skill.

Jonathan Gold restaurant review: Tsujita Sushi's uncompromising omakase quality — Since the day it opened, Tsujita has attracted mobs to Sawtelle's Little Osaka neighborhood; on sunny weekends, the wait for a table can last an hour or more. Tsujita, a spinoff of a well-respected Tokyo ramen restaurant, is small and accepts no reservations.

Alhambra's Shi Hai is best at its simplest — If you are looking for a clue to Shi Hai, the new Hong Kong-style seafood restaurant in Alhambra, you might find it in the cold cucumber appetizer, a dish that appears at both dim sum breakfast and at dinner.

Review: Superba Food + Bread serves new-generation comfort food — Your opinion of Superba Food + Bread is probably going to depend on what you think of avocado toast, especially avocado toast that happens to cost $8.

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The finest food in Los Angeles for even the thinnest wallets — Is it possible to spend more than $400 per person at some of the restaurants on this year's list of the best 101? Of course. Cuisine costs. But great cooking takes many different forms in Los Angeles, and some of the most exquisite flavors belong to us all.
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Oct 22, 2014

It's nearly World Tripe Day! Stop by Lunchtime With Mr. Gold, live chat at noon.

Oct 20, 2014

"It’s personality that counts, and tripe’s got that by the bucket load."

Oct 18, 2014

If it would please you to read a restaurant review this

Oct 17, 2014

Hayatemaru - a lush Sapporo style. RT @lenroq Best Ramen in Torrance?

Oct 17, 2014

Civilization comes to the SGV. RT @JThur01 Still seeking rabbit heads? Then head to Fang's Kitchen, former Giang Nan.

Oct 16, 2014

RT @fuchsiadunlop: And here is the most famous hotpot dipping ingredient - ox tripe, crisp and slithery 毛肚火锅

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