Tentenyu is a Japanese ramen import that’s been serving hot bowls of noodles for over 40 years in Kyoto. Tentenyu’s distinguishing factor is that its broth is chicken-based, not pork - so it’s still fairly rich, but not so much that you want to fall asleep at your table. Also, you never have to wait in line.
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The omakase at Kiriko on Sawtelle is expensive but excellent. They also do more affordable lunch specials.
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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Sawtelle’s Tsujita does the best tsukemen-style ramen this side of the Pacific and some of the best overall ramen in Los Angeles.
Men Oh Tokushima Ramen
Men Oh Tokushima isn’t the most well-known ramen spot in Little Tokyo, but it’s easy going atmosphere makes it a favorite.
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