Bill Addison

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...

Three new-ish San Francisco restaurants that our critic loves

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • July 2, 2022
It’s been four years since I last witnessed the summer fog in San Francisco come barreling over Twin Peaks, soon to blanket the city. I’d forgotten how fast the mass moves, almost like you’re watching a time-lapse video but the speed is real life,...

Diving into the wonders of Chiu Chow cooking in L.A.

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • June 4, 2022
“I went for a chicken sandwich at Daybird, had breakfast at Destroyer, and swung by United Bakery and Pastry on a recommendation from a friend,” Lee F. Man was telling me. Man lives in Vancouver and was visiting Los Angeles over the weekend. He...

No James Beard Foundation awards this year? We're good, L.A.

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • June 18, 2022
I laughed on Tuesday while scrolling through Instagram when I saw my friend Adam Roberts had resurrected the threadbare “Distracted Boyfriend” meme as a reaction to this year’s James Beard Foundation awards — in which zero honors were given to a...

New serious digs suit this L.A. sushi master

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • April 2, 2022
For eight years, from 2012 to 2020, Shunji occupied the wildest, most only-in-Los-Angeles location for a sushi bar possible: the Sawtelle restaurant operated out of a stuccoed 1930s-era building shaped like a soup bowl. Mr. Cecil’s California Ribs...