When this popular Japanese import opened in Pasadena, almost instantly the lines were out the door. Maybe because Pasadena had never seen a bowl of ramen before, but more likely it’s because Tatsynoya’s bowls of ramen are just that good. If you’re a thin noodle kind of person, the koku tonkotsu is your move, but we tend to go all in on the thick-noodle spicy miso bowl, extra pork. Obviously.
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Shandong Dumplings in Pasadena serves good noodle dishes, a few great dumplings, and a fantastic scallion pancake.
Osawa is a Japanese restaurant in Pasadena that’s known for shabu shabu, sushi, and sukiyaki.
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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.
Mtn on Abbot Kinney in Venice is the casual but pricey Japanese izakaya from the people behind Gjelina and Gjusta.
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Daikokuya is the mother of LA ramen and still holds up in its fantastic Little Tokyo space.
Shin-Sen-Gumi is a build-your-own ramen concept that actually isn’t that gimmicky.
Ramen Hood is an all-vegan ramen spot in Grand Central Market that's somehow actually delicious.
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