This robot will tell you the best places to eat in L.A.

Hungry in Los Angeles with no clue where to eat? If you’re reading this, you’re probably familiar with the feeling.

Well, readers, meet Goldbot, your personal L.A. food concierge who also happens to be the robot twin of our acclaimed food critic Jonathan Gold. Ask him where to eat on Facebook Messenger, and he’ll serve up a recommendation just for you.

For those of you who follow our food critic religiously, you’ll know that we launched Goldbot in December. But at the time, he could only recommend places to eat from the annual 101 Best Restaurants list.

Our little Goldbot has since grown up and has gotten a lot smarter. After some training with the “belly of Los Angeles” himself, he can now recommend any place Jonathan Gold has reviewed in the past two years. That’s more than 300 restaurants!


He’s also easier to talk to. Chat with Goldbot on Facebook Messenger now!

Or keep reading to see what’s new (and what’s improved):

Get better restaurant recommendations.

Just tap the button to tell him what you want to eat, where you want to eat or how much you want to pay.

Find out what Jonathan Gold ate this week.

Trust Goldbot to keep you in the loop every week on his latest adventures.

Always be prepared for a surprise.

Or just ask him to surprise you.

P.S. You can still chitchat with Goldbot, he just may not always know what to say. Here are some of our favorite things to ask him:

  • Do you love me?
  • What’s better? In-N-Out, the Habit or Five Guys?
  • Tell me your deepest, darkest secret.
  • Do you dance?
  • Knock, knock!

Try Goldbot now!

Talk to Melissa and Angie on Twitter @melissaleu and @aq_silva. They’re not bots.