In this richly penetrating documentary odyssey, Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold shows us a Los Angeles where ethnic cooking is a kaleidoscopic portal to the mysteries of an unwieldy city and the soul of America. Combing through colorful neighborhoods in his green pickup truck, Gold is sniffing out his next strip-mall discovery—whether Oaxacan grasshopper soup, hand-cut tonkotsu ramen, or a particularly unctuous pad see ew. As piping-hot platters are served up, so are stories of immigrants whose secret family recipes are like sacred offerings pledged for the opportunity to build their American Dream. With eternal curiosity, razor-sharp intellect, and existential longing, Gold is a culinary geographer taking us where no critic has gone before.
LA has quite possibly the best food critic in the world.
Jonathan Gold is amazing and I’ve almost never disagreed with any of his takes.
He’s an LA guy and he reviews restaurants all over the greater Los Angeles area… in my opinion, the best food city in the world. We don’t get the credit that I think we deserve, but cats like Jonathan have been holding it down for years.
His wiki describes him as this, Jonathan Gold is a Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic who currently writes for the Los Angeles Times and has previously written for LA Weekly and Gourmet. He is also a regular on KCRW’s Good Food radio program.
The best thing about what he does and that which makes him great, in my opinion, is that he’s not just hitting up Michelin Star foo-foo-la-la spots. He goes to real places, that you want to go. He’ll do high level as well, but he will hit up a food truck too.
If you are uninitiated, take a look at his Top 101. Check out this intro for the list, which is just about perfect.
Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants – LA Times
* Dammit man. Only one showing time here in my area (within 50 miles) and its tomorrow at 11a in ‘Dena – and I literally will be busy all day tomorrow. Its an Ifc film though, gotta think this will be streaming or on-demand soon.