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Daikokuya

PHOTOS: Jakob Layman

Daikokuya is the mother of LA ramen, and the main reason you transitioned from that sad, microwaveable bowl of noodles in your dorm room to the real thing. With five locations across the city, Daikokuya is definitely a bit of a chain these days, but a visit to the original Little Tokyo location for one of their traditional bowls is a pilgrimage every ramen disciple must take. The lines can get long, but the old-school, no-frills space is the exact setting you want to be housing a bowl of noodles in.

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