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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The omakase at Kiriko on Sawtelle is expensive but excellent. They also do more affordable lunch specials.
If you’re looking for bar food on Sawtelle, Furaibo - a dark, rowdy Izakaya - is a good option.
Kimukatsu is famous in Japan for their pork cutlets, and now they’re an essential meal on Sawtelle.
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Despite its clubby interior, you’re not going to be mad about a meal at Katsuya Brentwood - especially if you get the tuna and crispy rice.
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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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