The Kimukatsu name is a pretty big deal over in Japan, and Sawtelle has the only location in the continental U.S.. What’s the hype about? The pork cutlets. And by “cutlets” we actually mean 25 thinly stacked layers of sliced pork, deep-fried with panko batter. Skip the ramen options and go straight for one of the sets. You’ll get your pork with rice, miso soup, cabbage, and Japanese pickles. This is an essential meal on Sawtelle.
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Hide Sushi on Sawtelle is a great spot for affordable sashimi platters at lunch and dinner.
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Orsa & Winston
Orsa & Winston is an Italian-Japanese restaurant in DTLA that’s just as good for a casual lunch as it is for a special occasion dinner.
Santa Monica’s KazuNori is a handroll-only sushi option from the people behind Sugarfish. Expect the same quality without the crazy wait.
Joon Shabu Shabu
Joon is a very good shabu shabu joint in Glendale, and your move when you feeling like cooking meat yourself tonight.
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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.
Din Tai Fung
We wouldn’t want to live at the Americana Glendale, but we’ll gladly stop in for some excellent soup dumplings at Din Tai Fung.
King’s Burgers / Got Sushi?
As a general rule, sushi joints attached to fast food burger chain should probably be avoided. Unless that place is Got Sushi? in Northridge.
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