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The police report a hostage taking at a trader's Joe in Silver Lake on Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles had packed. But when the mayor, Eric M. Garcetti, marched off, reporters stopped him for another question.
What does Mr. Garcetti have to say about the death of Jonathan Gold?
Mr. Gold, 57, was the Los Angeles Times restaurant critic. For someone outside of Los Angeles, it's hard to see what an outsized character Mr. Gold was in the city he called home: much more than just a restaurant critic or an institution in another city.
For many people the joy of Saturday The morning turned – even before the coffee – to Mr Gold's latest Saturday night. The more pious his fans picked the reviews from the Internet the night before.
His reviews sent people to every corner, and they produced lines-of-the-door waits in otherwise unknown restaurants like Jitlada or Chengdu Taste. You could tell they were Jonathan Gold customers by looking at their phones and consulting their meeting before ordering.
His annual list of the top 101 restaurants was a roadmap: working through (or pretending that you did)) was a rival competing rite. (And so he argued about some of his decisions: Was Vespertine the best restaurant of the year in Culver City?) In a world of anonymity, Mr. Gold was unmissable: a friend described him as "a combination of Falstaff and Custer." He was a celebrity, but he was warm, dedicated and had no bias.
Saturday morning will feel a little empty now.
More About Mr. Gold
• Here is his obituary in The Los Angeles Times. The Los Angeles Times] Along with notable reviews for the newspaper. [The Los Angeles Times]
• Here is our restaurant critic Pete Wells on Mr. Gold: "Many allegations were made for Gold's criticism, but he saw his work in modest terms – he wanted to downsize Los Angeles." [The New York Times]
• Gustavo Arellano writes that Southern California has "lost one of our greatest and most important literary voices "
 • Ruth Reichl reminds us that Mr. Gold could become mad . The deadline was not his strength. But then, she recalls, he would give something so damn good that you forgive him.
• Chef Kris Yenbamroong credits Mr. Gold with the rescue of Night + Market which had fought until then the critic came to visit.
• And Eater lets us hear from Mr. Gold in his own words .
A Selection of His Most Beautiful Works
• On NWA, for LA Weekly, in 1989.
• Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, for Rolling Stone, in 1993.
• Mr. Gold wrote this essay about his neighborhood and LA after the riots that ripped the city in 1992. 19659006] • He's known to have eaten down and written about Pico Boulevard in the 1998 story for LA Weekly.
• Here are the reviews that earned Mr. Gold the 2007 Pulitzer Prize.
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• An angry wildfire continues to burn outside the Yosemite National Park. The San Francisco Chronicle]
• Has an innocent man been killed in jail for a murder committed by the East Area Rapist ? [The Sacramento Bee]
• The government agency that regulates physicians deprives the University of Southern California's former Medical School Dean license to practice medicine. [The Los Angeles Times]
• Heads of state want to create a single agency to administer the power grid for most or all of the West. The plan promises to cut costs for consumers while supporting the use of carbon-free power sources. [The New York Times]
• The Pathway Home in Yountville, which was the scene of a deadly shooting, will not reopen. [The San Francisco Chronicle]
• The "Other World Cup" – one for rugby – has merged into San Francisco. [The New York Times]
• What is the biggest fan Clippers with LeBron's move to the Lakers? [The New York Times]
• Disney has the creative power behind his "Guardians of the Galaxy" movie franchise after jokes, he wrote on Twitter several years ago with pedophilia and rape have resurfaced. The New York Times]
• A huge earthquake off the coast of Japan caused a tsunami that crashed into a nuclear power plant in Fukushima, triggering a nuclear crisis. Now a group of French nuclear physicists say they have stumbled upon Fukushima's signature in California wine . [The New York Times]
And finally …
We leave you with a last piece of wisdom from Mr. Gold.
In a photo he posted on Instagram in 2017, Mr. Gold handed over five There are restaurants hidden in shopping malls 15 minutes behind our comfort zones to get to them, and Mr. Gold, who invited us to visit his table whenever we arrived.
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Matt Stevens and Pete Wells reported on the coverage.