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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Hit Korean Super on Sawtelle Blvd. for sandwiches, ramen, and rice bowls that make for a good takeaway lunch.
Yakitoriya is an izakaya on Sawtelle Blvd. Come here often enough and they'll reward you with more adventurous menu offerings.
Honeymee off Sawtelle Blvd. is a soft serve shop that's also a social media celebrity. But the ice cream is great.
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Hachi is an all-purpose party izakaya in Torrance where you and your friends can drink rare sakes and eat one of the best $40 omakases around.
Blackship is a Japanese/Italian restaurant in West Hollywood where bad service overrides interesting food.
A small restaurant in a big Lomita strip mall, Hikari is a Japanese BBQ spot where you go to grill meat over hot coals.
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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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