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Los Angeles has the most dynamic restaurant scene in America; it is one of the world’s great centers of dining.

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Bill Addison is a James Beard Award-winning restaurant critic for The Times. Previously he was national critic for Eater, for which he traveled constantly to document America’s ever-changing dining culture. He was previously a food critic for the San Francisco Chronicle and lead restaurant critic at the Dallas Morning News. He grew up inMaryland but is (slowly) embracing Dungeness crab.

Patricia Escárcega joined The Times as a restaurant critic in December 2018. She previously worked at the Arizona Republic as a dining reporter. She started her career at the Phoenix New Times, where she was the dining critic for three years. A Southern California native, Escárcega was born in Riverside to a family of naranjeros (citrus pickers).