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Major Newspaper Axes Starred Restaurant Reviews

Posted 03.09.2012 | Home

The Los Angeles Times has decided to nix the star ratings that used to accompany restaurant reviews. The paper explains its decision: First, star r...

Good Evening Vietnam: Red Medicine Is Here

Jay Weston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

In the end, it all comes down to the three essentials of a successful restaurant: food, ambiance and service. And after several visits, we can safely say that this medicine is a pleasure to take.

Anonymity Is Overrated! A Critic Weighs In

Jay Weston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

In response to the many readers and friend 'round the world who have called, emailed and written asking my professional opinion of the "outing" of the...

Restaurant Refuses To Serve LA Times Reviewer, Then Outs Her

LA Weekly's Squid Ink | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Someone on staff recognized her, snapped her picture (rarer than a picture of Bigfoot!) and asked her, along with her three companions, to leave. As i...

Red Medicine Boots LA Times Food Critic Out of Restaurant

Eater LA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Have you ever kicked a critic OUT of your restaurant? Team Red Medicine (the newly opened modern Vietnamese spot on Wilshire) has....

Fabio Viviani's Firenze Osteria in Toluca Lake | S. IRENE VIRBILA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

On a recent weekend night, the excitement at the new Firenze Osteria is palpable. It's three-deep at the bar, air-kisses galore, the "ciao, ciaos" and...