The line at the Sawtelle Daikokuya is only slightly shorter than at the Little Tokyo original, but the good news is that it’s still worth the wait. The pork-fat infused ramen is always fantastic (because it’s pork-fat infused) and as a bonus you can pretend you’re Scarlett Johansson, thanks to the Sofia-Coppola-Tokyo-Fever-Dream aesthetic inside.
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Sushi Tsujita on Sawtelle is the pricey sushi restaurant from the team behind LA’s most popular ramen spot.
Hide Sushi on Sawtelle is a great spot for affordable sashimi platters at lunch and dinner.
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This divey Little Tokyo staple serves solid Asian fusion bar food and recently became known as a craft beer haven as well.
Kotosh is a Peruvian-Japanese spot in a Lomita strip mall that manages to do two pretty different cuisines pretty well.
Silverlake serves some of the best ramen in town, but thanks to perpetual lines, we endorse getting it for takeout.
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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.
Ramen Hood is an all-vegan ramen spot in Grand Central Market that's somehow actually delicious.
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