LA Restaurant Critic Disparages Newsweek’s ‘Lazy’ Journalism

Never mind the stock asparagus-lipstick cover shot. What really gets LA Weekly restaurant critic Besha Rodell’s goat cheese is the lone LA restaurant included in this week’s compilation “Top Chefs Choose the 101 Best Places to Eat Around the World:

I’ve got absolutely nothing against Farmshop. And if this were a list of the 101 Best Places to Eat in America, and some other spots were covered in LA – or even if Farmshop were included on this worldwide list, but LA had a couple more entries – I probably wouldn’t blink.

But this is 101 places in the world, and it’s not just another dumb list on another dumb blog, it’s the cover story of a serious news magazine. With all the amazing food LA has to offer, both upscale and ethnic (and upscale ethnic), the fact that this little farm-to-table bistro-market hybrid is our only shout-out would be offensive if it weren’t so obviously just plain lazy. So don’t take this as a dig at Farmshop. Take it as what it is — a dig at Newsweek.

It’s unclear how the information provided by the 53 participating chefs was parsed. But FishbowlLA agrees with Rodell; an establishment whose listed specialty is “fresh burrata and fruit” doesn’t exactly sound like the pinnacle of LA’s culinary scene.

Adding insult to injury – in the same Newsweek article, LA chefs Wolfgang Puck and David Myers are quoted with votes for establishments in Sebastián, Errenteria and Tokyo.