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'The Bucket List': Who makes the best dumplings in L.A.?

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • August 15, 2022
Do you have a bucket list? Most people do. In addition to wanting to roam the pyramids in Egypt and visit every state in Mexico, I have bucket lists specifically dedicated to my favorite foods. Our L.A. Times Food video series “The Bucket List”...

The best new fried chicken spot is in a Northridge food hall

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • August 15, 2022
Fried chicken and Hainan chicken from Maxwell Chicken Rice I eat a lot of fried chicken. The first season of my show “The Bucket List” is all about fried chicken — all nine episodes of it — in which I highlight excellent fried chicken around Los...

Let's never call L.A. a mediocre pizza town again

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • August 13, 2022
“Your order will be ready in 15 minutes!” read the automated text from Secret Pizza LA. “FYI, if you’re not there and I can’t hand it to you, you’re going to have to wait 5-15 min until the next pickup.” All respect to a pizza pop-up that expects...

10 great new pizza restaurants in L.A., ranked by our critic

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • August 12, 2022
This is an excellent time to be hungry for pizza in Los Angeles. More top-notch pizzerias flourish across our region than ever before, in practically every style conceived across America in the last century — and some still in evolution. Thick and...

Where to find the best micheladas in Los Angeles

Daniel Hernandez, Jenn Harris, Stephanie Breijo • Los Angeles Times • August 11, 2022
The Roja Michelada from Colonia Publica in Whittier. (Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times) Mexico City-based author and critic Alonso Ruvalcaba refers to the michelada and the beer cocktail’s evolution into popular culture as “democracy at work.”...

Burger of the month: A great lamb burger in Laguna Beach’s Arts District

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • August 11, 2022
Mediterranean restaurants aren’t usually notable for their hamburgers. Zéytoon Cafe in Laguna Beach is a welcome exception. Zéytoon is an interesting little wine bar with an outdoor dining room (two, actually, one upstairs, one downstairs) at the...

Critic’s Notebook: Chocolate cake in a jar is my latest obsession

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • August 10, 2022
These little jars of flourless chocolate cake have become my latest pantry staple. They are intensely dark and dense, more like fudge than cake. One little jar is enough for two people to share.

Can Trader Joe's Jamaican patties be topped? Yes!

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • August 8, 2022
A taste-off between the social-media-hyped Trader Joe’s Jamaican patties vs. the ones from Simply Wholesome in View Park-Windsor Hills. Also in this week’s recommendations from Jenn Harris, cochinita pibil at a lucha libre-themed restaurant in...

L.A.'s best new breakfast

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • August 6, 2022
Vivian Ku’s purple sticky rice fan tuan is superb wakeup food. Cut in half, the thin cylinder reveals a center filled with a crackly youtiao, braised soy egg, pork floss and minced preserved vegetables hidden in its maze of fried dough. Each bite...

At Chinatown's Pearl River Deli, the menu is always changing — and worth chasing

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • August 4, 2022
When chomping into the Macau pork-chop bun at Pearl River Deli, the first sensation that rolls over your taste buds is obvious: meat. Breaded, fried, appealingly nubbly meat. It takes about eight seconds before more intricate flavors start to sing...