Reichl’s pompous and arrogant statements condemning any location out of the Westside are evident. For example, Pasadena “doesn’t seem to support any real culinary innovation.” Is Fino in Torrance “worth the trip? Probably not.” Fresco in Glendale: " . . . the effect is to make you feel that you’re in some small town (well, actually, you are).” Sorrento Grille in Laguna Beach: “Orange County, after all, is the place that only yesterday prided itself on offering footstools and roses to the ladies . . . and enormous bills to the gentlemen.”
Los Angeles is a diversified and large city. Perhaps Reichl should stop adhering to the Gertrude Stein philosophy (“There is no there there”) of restaurant reviewing and begin acting like a food critic for the second biggest city in America.
ROGER MORGAN JR.