The line at the Sawtelle Daikokuya is only slightly shorter than at the Little Tokyo original, but the good news is that it’s still worth the wait. The pork-fat infused ramen is always fantastic (because it’s pork-fat infused) and as a bonus you can pretend you’re Scarlett Johansson, thanks to the Sofia-Coppola-Tokyo-Fever-Dream aesthetic inside.
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Hide Sushi on Sawtelle is a great spot for affordable sashimi platters at lunch and dinner.
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If you’re in Gardena for breakfast (or anywhere close), you need to head right to Painter’s Tape for their excellent Japanese-influenced cafe food.
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Sawtelle's Tsujita does the best tsukemen-style ramen this side of the Pacific and some of the best overall ramen in Los Angeles.
Ramen Hood is an all-vegan ramen spot in Grand Central Market that's somehow actually delicious.
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