photo credit: Jessie Clapp
Hakata Ikkousha Ramen
This tonkotsu ramen chain from Hakata, Japan has locations in Little Tokyo, Torrance, and Orange County, and there’s usually a wait at all of them once the temps drop below 70 degrees. But while busy, Hakkata Ikkousha also has a nifty virtual queue system where you can reserve a spot in line without being at the restaurant (just make sure you show up before you’re called). Most everyone gets the standard tonkotsu, which is hearty, nicely porky, and generously covered in toppings, but we suggest going for their mentaiko ramen, which is essentially the tonkotsu enchanted with a dab of savory fish roe (don’t worry, it’s subtle) and a slight kick of chili paste. Few things are better for warming your soul on those rare chilly LA nights.
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