Daikokuya is the mother of LA ramen. 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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This divey Little Tokyo staple serves solid Asian fusion bar food and recently became known as a craft beer haven as well.
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A small restaurant in a big Lomita strip mall, Hikari is a Japanese BBQ spot where you go to grill meat over hot coals.
Hinoki & The Bird
Hinoki & the Bird is cooler than most options in Century City, and an ideal spot for your next power lunch. Even if you won’t remember the food.
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