I like what Peter Meehan does, but I don’t feel like his strengths are in restaurant reviews and I don’t think he can make his writing about the food and the people that prepare it without making it about himself in a way.
He seems to be at his best when he’s writing about his own path of discovery. I’d like to see someone at least try to take of the mantle that Jonathan Gold created.
Also, and I hesitate to go down this road, but maybe such a diverse city does need someone who isn’t writing about the best food the city has to offer as an outsider. Maybe we would do well having a Chicano Angeleno or a Korean Angeleno or a Chinese Angeleno or . . . someone who has a deep cultural vocabulary with at least one of the traditional foodways that is well represented in LA.
I love me some Jonathan Gold, but maybe it’s time to hear a voice from a different background.