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This new restaurant is making the best lobster roll in Los Angeles

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • February 6, 2023
This week’s recommendations are shining examples of why I’ll never tire of eating around Los Angeles. The first is a buzzy transplant from Boston, and the second is a neighborhood Mexican restaurant in South Gate, where the huaraches and chile...

The custard-filled French toast of your dreams is Cantonese

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • February 4, 2023
During a dim sum meal, a Cantonese friend once casually mentioned that part of the Chinese characters that spell liu sha bao — the fluffy, springy steamed buns that ooze sweet egg custard — translate as “gold quicksand.” I loved that mental image,...

At the new Luyixian in Alhambra, come for the lu rou fan braised pork over rice

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • February 2, 2023
Finding Luyixian on a first visit can be too precise a task to rely on GPS. Look for the restaurant’s entrance in the far corner of a small parking lot behind a sprawling building in Alhambra at the intersection of South Garfield Avenue and Valley...

Find the best chicken wings, plus a BBQ pop-up in Simi Valley

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • January 30, 2023
I’ve probably spent hundreds of dollars on various 25- and 50-cent cups of sauce at restaurants over the last decade. Show me a condiment and I’ll show you a dozen things to put it on. The door of my refrigerator is a tightly packed mixed bag of...

9 delicious new sandwiches to eat in L.A.

Bill AddisonRestaurant Critic • Los Angeles Times • January 26, 2023
Sandwiches are like one of the year’s best picture Oscar contenders: Everything, everywhere, all at once. Within a recent 24-hour span, I admired the contrast of soft-scrambled eggs and spicy-sweet fried chicken on a brunch sandwich at Distrito...

Lunar New Year foods to love: whole fish, spring rolls, noodles and more

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • January 22, 2023
Don’t go to bed with your hair wet or even remotely damp. You’ll get headaches. Don’t put your chopsticks straight up in your rice. It resembles the incense burned at funerals. Eat lots of greens. They are the color of money. I’ve grown up...

Is this the best shawarma in Los Angeles?

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • January 21, 2023
Among the wonderful things about having a community of Lebanese friends is that when they return to Los Angeles after a visit to Lebanon they invariably show up with an edible gift: mixed snack nuts, a local tradition that began centuries ago via...

Konbi will close both its Echo Park and Culver City locations

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • January 20, 2023
Konbi, the Japanese cafe and bakery, will close both its Echo Park and newly opened Culver City locations this weekend. The restaurant announced the closures in a statement posted to Instagram Friday. “For a variety of reasons the business cannot...

Find Syrian breakfast in this L.A. backyard restaurant

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • January 19, 2023
Looking down at a bowl of fatteh at Nawal, a weekend pop-up in Solano Canyon near Dodger Stadium, the carefully sectioned ingredients look as if they’re poised to begin whirling. The color palette isn’t too far off from the spinning pinwheel that...

What is a dumpling? | The Bucket List

• Los Angeles Times • January 16, 2023
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