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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No longer just a lowly service road off the 405, Sawtelle is one of the best streets for eating in Los Angeles.
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