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Moku Yakitori-Ya

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You’ll smell Moku Yakitori-Ya before you see it—the scent of sizzling yakitori wafts out of this tiny Richmond izakaya like a delicious air freshener for the entire block. The walk-in only spot has a ton of yakitori options, from chicken thigh and pork belly to fish cake with cheese, plus other Japanese dishes like agedashi tofu, sashimi, and stir-fried ramen. Know that a meal here isn’t complete without an order (or two) of chewy deep-fried mochi coated in ponzu and chili oil—this dish alone makes any wait for a table worth it. Grab a seat at the bar and watch all of the action going down on the grill, or post up in the back and keep the sake coming. 

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