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Behold, The 5 Culinary Commandments Of Jonathan Gold

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For a legit authority on dining out, Los Angeles Times food critic Jonathan Gold is as good as it gets. Deservedly so, since he’s the first food critic to ever win a Pulitzer Prize. The tandem work of Gold’s palate and prose are canonical to foodies everywhere, as evidenced by the annual gospel that is his definitive ‘Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants’ list.

So when such an esteemed voice in the culinary world drops five succinct ‘rules to live by’ on his Instagram, one must take note of such jewels and observe how they can further enrich their Los Angeles foodie experience.

Now take note food lovers, for the penultimate expert in L.A.’s food scene has laid decree:

1. If the restaurant you have been directed to lies between the Seven-Eleven and the Dry Cleaners in a dusty strip mall, then you’re probably at the right place.

Ah the humble, yet venerated hole-in-the-wall. For Angelenos, the more obscure and homely the spot, the better an inclination of it being a choice destination to satisfy your cravings.


2. The restaurants with the longest lines are either better than their competitors or fifty cents cheaper. Try and know the difference.

Crucial stuff, really. Differentiating the two is what separates ‘meh’ from ‘worth it’. If you’re going to spend your time waiting in line for anything, always make sure it’s worthy of such an effort.


3. There is no shame in avocado toast.

Look, I for one do not understand the loads of hate heaped upon avocado toast. Oh wait, never mind. That $8.00 price tag might be the culprit. But hey, if the food lord of Los Angeles sees no shame in it, then I guess the ‘worth it’ experience is out there to be had.


4. The best choice is always the restaurant fifteen minutes further than you are willing to go.

Challenging and satisfying your palate is all about the adventure. Traveling outside the boundaries of your local comfort zone is the zest of every new, unfamiliar bite.


5. The taco honors the truck.

Rule of thumb in L.A.: If your favorite taco joint is not readily mobile, then you’re doing it wrong.


New California Law Means We Will Seriously Never Be Able to Trust Yelp Ever Again


Last Wednesday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that the review site Yelp is allowed to manipulate it’s ratings for money.

What does this mean? The short answer is that restaurants and businesses will no longer be rated by merit, but by how much money they have to spend on marketing.

Businesses, especially small businesses, have accused Yelp of ratings manipulation over the years, but they have always denied those claims. Now, because of the ruling, they could legally and publicly give businesses higher ratings at the highest bidder. Expect bigger businesses with the cash to get better ratings on Yelp, whether it’s true or not. Our hats go off to the mom and pop restaurants out there.

Of course, can you blame Yelp? They are a publically traded company- their prerogative isn’t to consumers anymore but investors. They could always be fair about ratings, but public appearance nowadays is just as valid as the facts it seems.

The good news is a spot might have just opened up for a next generation startup that rates businesses by how good they are or how yummy the food is, not the size of their marketing budget.

Source: SFWeekly

Originally appeared on NextShark


Food Critic Poisoned By His Dinner

Everyone thinks food critics have the best life — good service and free meals at the finest restaurants any day of the week. What most people don’t realize is that there are risks involved with having the perfect job. Michael Winner, gourmet and food critic, fell victim to those risks.