Los Angeles is widely regarded as one of the top dining destinations in the country, a mecca for world-class chefs, globally-inspired cuisines, and gourmands from near and far. From Michelin-starred restaurants to humble street carts, Jonathan Gold wrote about it all for more than 30 years. The first food writer to win the Pulitzer Prize in criticism, the beloved "Belly of Los Angeles" passed away on July 21, 2018.
Tributes to Gold poured in from chefs and food writers across the country. Here in L.A., Gold was memorialized with a street mural by Jonas Never; his silhouette was "seated" at a booth inside Guerrilla Tacos; and an official plaque was placed on the Broadway side of Grand Central Market, now known as Jonathan Gold Plaza. In October 2018, the James Beard Foundation announced the Local Impact Award was renamed the Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award to honor "new writers who are telling stories of their cities and regions, just as Jonathan continually shone a light on his beloved Los Angeles."
Gold is the subject of a 2015 documentary, City of Gold. Directed by Laura Gabbert and featuring some of L.A.’s most acclaimed chefs and restaurants, City of Gold takes the audience on a journey to discover Los Angeles through the eyes of one of its foremost cultural writers and a true ambassador of the city. Read on for a guide to L.A. restaurants featured in City of Gold.