Jonathan Gold

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2014

    Watch New Reality TV Spoof Food Club Starring Aziz Ansari and Eric Wareheim

    Today Food Club floated ashore -- a delightful parody of restaurant reality TV starring comedians and friends Aziz Ansari, Tim and Eric's Eric Wareheim, and Jason Woliner. Clad in suits and sailor caps, the Food Club gang roams the world deciding whether to "plaque" a restaurant with their seal of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    There's a National Kerfuffle About Restaurant Stars, and Why I Don't Care

    ​If you hadn't heard, the LA Times, which recently hired Jonathan Gold away from our sister paper the LA Weekly, made the decision last week to drop assigning stars to restaurant reviews. "Star ratings are increasingly difficult to align with the reality of dining in Southern California," food edi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    Umami Burger is Coming! Umami Burger is Coming! But Is it Any Good?

    ​There is a wave of hysteria around the local arrival of Los Angeles-based chain Umami Burger. They've got tattooed buns, secret magic spices, and ridiculously long waits for the same dish that McDonald's is selling for $3 -- all things that typically make people go crazy for something.I believe t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    Jonathan Gold, Francis Lam, Robb Walsh Speak at This Year's Street Food Conference

    ​SFoodie has been previewing this Saturday's Street Food Festival, but public gluttony is only the splashy half of the event. On Sunday, Aug. 21, and Monday, Aug. 22, La Cocina has also organized a National Street Food Conference, which is bringing many names from the local food scene, as well as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    Hot Water Is Everything, A Food Insult, Lucky 11, and the Dog Days

    The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene. Yesterday we shared that the Hawaiian restaurant Hukilau was closed on Tuesday by the Department of Public Health for reported health hazards. Apparently the owners got to work sprucing the place up, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Seven Hot Looks for Restaurant Critics

    Gael Greene. Hot.​ Earlier this week, Eater ran (or is it re-ran? I've seen this post before) a post listing hot looks for hot chefs. Faced with a magazine shoot? Hold a knife! Or a pig head! SFoodie knows all too well that restaurant critics could use some tough love from Tyra Banks on our public ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Jonathan Gold Offers Tipping Tips (Hint: 20 Percent)

    ​The LA Weekly's Pulitzer Prize-winning critic, Jonathan Gold, has come out with a list of 10 rules for tipping -- basically 10 reasons why diners need to stop pretending they're rewarding a waiter for the quality of his or her service and just tip a flat percentage. For instance: 2.Yes, I know yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    2011 SF Street Food Festival Lineup Firms Up

    Chris MacArthurThe 2010 Street Food Festival.​ Even though the 2011 SF Street Food Festival isn't taking place until Saturday, August 20, organizer Caleb Zigas says the lineup of vendors is "98 percent firm." This year, as SFoodie reported in April, the festival is significantly bigger -- there's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Your Bread Basket Hates Mother Earth, Jonathan Gold Hates Substitution-Deniers

    ​Today's notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other bycatch dredged up from the food media. 1. They're not being cheap, they're being green. It's becoming harder and harder to score a hunk of bread in San Francisco restaurants, no matter how saucy the food. Cost cutting? Su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    LA Beats SF in Food Fight, Oakland Feeds Kids for Free This Summer

    ​Today's notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other bycatch dredged up from the food media. 1. Oh, yeah? Sunset magazine has just posted a online feature that tries to ignite civil war between Los Angeles and San Francisco by challenging San Francisco's Josh Sens and LA Wee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    Who's Got a Beard (Award)?

    ​Friday night was the first of the James Beard Foundation's two national awards galas this year. This one celebrated the media, with awards given out for television shows, print and online journalism, and cookbooks. There were upsets (Jonathan Gold only took home one one of the three awards he was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    The Changing Street Food Landscape: LA Trucks Get Letter Grade

    stevelyon/Flickr​Yesterday, SFoodie ran an interview with Jessica Phadungsilp and Christina Aviles, the owners of the Global Soul truck, who had migrated from the Bay Area to Los Angeles because they couldn't find a way to make a living in San Francisco given the difficulty and price of obtaining ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    What Happens When a Food Critic Isn't Exactly Anonymous?

    ubrayj02/FlickrLA Weekly critic Jonathan Gold, captured at Flying Pigeon in L.A.​Our favorite morsel from the blogs. The top editor at Chow had a moment of ethical self-doubt last week. Jane Goldman showed up for Plow's first weekday breakfast, liked the frittata and lemon-ricotta pancakes, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    Can You Handle It? The Five Spiciest, Hottest Foods in the Country

    schmevely/FlickrDave's Ultimate Insanity Hot Sauce: Be afraid.​You think you like it hot? As spicy foods go mainstream, Americans' tolerance of Scoville heat units has risen. Still, we don't advise trying these foods unless you have an abnormally maniacal pain threshold: 1. Dave's Ultimate In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    Jonathan Kauffman Snags Silver at AAN Awards

    ​Congratulations to SF Weekly food critic and SFoodie blogger Jonathan Kauffman for bagging silver at the 2010 AltWeekly Awards in the category of Food Writing (circulation over 50,000). Kauffman won for work he did last year, when he was staff writer for our sister paper in Seattle. LA Weekly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2010

    What Good Is a Restaurant Critic Anyway?

    Soh Jin/Flickr​A few months back, the New Yorker ran a cartoon with one overstuffed type pointing out another overstuffed type to a fellow guest at a party. "One of our greatest minds in restaurant criticism," read the caption, the humor being the absurdity that restaurant criticism would take de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    Anthony Bourdain's Coming to Ferry Plaza Tomorrow. Leave Your Drugs at Home

    poopscape/FlickrBring your slavish adoration.​Anthony Bourdain will be in the San Francisco Bay Area for one day only ― tomorrow. Leave your bags of weed and coke at home, please. The best way to catch sight of him? In the morning, at Book Passage in the Ferry Building. The event starts at 1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2010

    David Kinch, Nicole Plue Win Beard Awards, and Everyone (After)Parties Hard

    plucchesi/FlickrFrench Laundry's Timothy Hollingsworth.​Last night capped two days of galas, as San Francisco chefs and food writers traveled to New York for the James Beard Foundation Awards, which were presented Sunday and Monday nights. According to the vigorous Tweeting, the afterparty hopping ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    Sunset's Best Burritos Guide Disses S.F.'s Finest

    John BirdsallPure Gold?: Regular carnitas burrito (with guac) from La Taqueria.​Our favorite morsel from the blogs. The burrito wars come home: At, Jan Newberry peels back the foil on what she reckons to be the West's best burritos. Like a plastic fork probing a Papalote Triple Thr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2010

    Calling Bullshit on Eater's Crusade to Bust Restaurant Critics

    One-time New York Times critic Ruth Reichl in disguise.​Our favorite morsel from the blogs. To catch a d-bag: Tim Carman of Washington City Paper calls Eater a dick for its initiative to unmask food critics. Eater National's Greg Morabito, you see, has this ongoing obsession he calls "To Catc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2010

    Doggy Bag: In Love with a Foil-Wrapped Local

    hypermodern/FlickrForearm-size burrito from Ocean Taqueria in the Excelsior.​Our favorite morsel from the blogs. Regular or super: SFoodie contributor Andrew Simmons files a writerly exposition of the Mission-style burrito for Bay Area Bites. It's not exactly the kind of apologia that appears ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2009

    New Yorker Food Issue Probes the Mystery of the Michelin Inspector

    From Dana Goodyear's fist-bump with Pulitzer Prize-winning LA Weekly food critic Jonathan Gold, to Calvin Trillin's poutine exposé, this year's New Yorker food issue contains scrumptious reads, but Lunch with M, John Colapinto's chronicle of lunch at Jean Georges with a Michelin inspector, is one w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    Doggy Bag: Today's Odds and Ends

    ​Our favorite morsel from the food blogs. You asked for it: Grub Street New York published its Grub Report earlier this week. Think of it as a Twitpic of the state of the nation's restaurants, captured, collectively, by about a dozen critics. Anthony Bourdain, Jonathan Gold, Gael Greene, Ed L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2009

    Speaking of the North-South Burrito Wars: LA Had the Biggest One We Ever Saw

    Courtesy of AJ, via YelpI don't happen to be a burrito girl. I like my carnitas, lengua, or cabeza as unobscured as possible by the burrito's inevitable rice / beans / lettuce / guacamole / sour cream onslaught, so I tend to order small soft tacos, which I make even smaller by dividing the co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2009

    Leave Us Alone, Jonathan Gold, to Huddle Over Our Hefty Burritos

    Comforting as a SnuggieIn a blog post at the Web site of our alt-weekly sis LA Weekly, food critic Jonathan Gold does the equivalent of grinding out a cigarette in the Bay Area's beloved burrito: "Bay Area residents tend to have peculiar ideas about burritos, which they regard as monstrous things wr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2009

    Burritophile: Can't We All Just Get Along?

    Burritophile founders DanJohnson and Cate Czerwinski: Stop the hateDan Johnson knows a thing or two about burrito smackdowns. Since he co-founded the fan site Burritophile in 2005, Johnson has witnessed four or five fights he calls "burrito flame wars": heated tussles between Northern and Southern C ... More >>

  • News

    July 11, 2007

    Unfair Lawsuit Act

    SF Weekly moves to dismiss the Guardian's lawsuit, which is light on witnesses and evidence

  • News

    July 4, 2007

    Unfair Lawsuit Act

    SF Weekly moves to dismiss the Guardian's lawsuit, which is light on witnesses and evidence

  • Dining

    December 31, 2003

    Urban Explorer

    Some of the best things our critic consumed in a year of eating around a constantly evolving town

  • Dining

    August 15, 2001

    Yuet Lee

    The Late Shift

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