Restaurant reviews you liked a lot or made your eyes glaze over with distaste

Reply Wed 22 Jun, 2016 03:31 pm
This thread was precipitated by a review by Besha Rodell that caught my eye in LA Weekly. Good writing. I happen to know the original Farmers Market in LA from way back, so mild nostalgia was part of my reading. Also, the word tripe wiggled for attention. I've only eaten tripe once, in a NYC French restaurant with Roberta and Diane. They didn't order tripe, cough. I didn't love it or hate it, not awful as I'd guessed it might be. I also read a hilarious article about making/cleaning your own tripe by Calvin Trillin, years ago now, in the New Yorker. The word "traffic" didn't lose my interest either.

So: the opening post restaurant review here:

A wedge of roasted butternut squash is dense and fudgy, set off with what's listed on the menu as dukkah.
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Reply Wed 22 Jun, 2016 03:52 pm
I hope y'all know I'm interested re restaurants, cafes, what ever they are called, world over - people's takes on them, but also writers' takes, interesting writing being key for me re food lit. I'm less interested in dumps on places, not meaning to slam businesses here, businesses can/do improve over time - but some writing re those can be interesting and sharp.

Plus + one man's horrible meal is another's start to recuperation.
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Reply Sat 2 Jul, 2016 02:42 pm
I try to keep my reading of the LA Times within their paywall (10 free views a month) but since I'm highly interested as it's my old home town, those add up fast. But today is at the beginning of another month so, what the hell, I'll see what the great food writer, Jonathan Gold, is up to. Ah, this one is a good review on what I suppose is a US countrywide phenomenon starting, I take it, in Tennessee, now landing in Los Angeles: HOT CHICKEN. The phenomenon is not limited to the US, though.

LA Times - Jonathan Gold reviews Howlin' Ray's Hot Chicken

Even if you don't like hot spices, this is a pretty good read..
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