Jonathan Gold seeks out the best bacon dishes around town.
- Hunan ham (bacon) stir-fried with hot peppers at Chuan Xiang Tower (227 W Valley Blvd #118A, 626-293-8653) in San Gabriel
- house-cured guanciale (hog jowls cooked Roman-style) at Vincenti in Brentwood
- sweet, thick and juicy Nueske bacon at Square One
in Silver Lake
- "pig candy" (bacon baked in brown sugar) at Lou in Hollywood
- bacon wrapped dates stuffed with Parmesan cheese at A.O.C. in Los Angeles