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Ok, I walk by here all the time, and I love snacking as a way of finding new food, but what should I order? I am a bit clueless about Japanese food.

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  1. I haven't been, but I believe there are only 2 menu items:
    Shouldn't be hard to pick.

    1. it's a great place for a street snack. i go there all the time for the takoyaki -- a fritter of sorts. i think octopus is the most popular, that's the 1 i order. these are topped with a sweet glaze and a dash of something green (sorry don't know what). i also say yes to mayo and bonito flakes which are optional.

      1. otafuku is one of the best snacks in town!
        try okonomiyaki (or if you are really hungry get a combo okonomiyaki and takoyaki -- good deal and delicious!) too -- similar to an omelette with cabbage, choice of pork/shrimp/octopus and same toppings as takoyaki. It's a bit harder to eat while walking but not impossible.

        1. yes! the takoyaki are so good. i like cheese the best. all the toppings are essential - the sweet glaze has a smoky & sweet barbeque flavor. the pancakes - can't remember the proper term - are absolutely delicious as well. usually get them with pork. i like to go with another person and get both to share.

          btw: above link didn't work, at least for me. i tried to post it again, with the proper end (it's ...restaurant/otafuku) and it was cut off again.

          1. yes, that's it, okonomiyaki - guess we were writing at the same time!

            1. I just ate there for the first time last weekend. Had some Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki, and both were terrific. You can get a "combo" which includes both, though it's quite a bit of food. Personally, I liked the Okonomiayki better (it's like a Japanese latke!) -- I loved the idea of the Takoyaki but didn't love the consistency inside.

              1. Ah, yes...what can be better on a brisk fall or winter evening than to chow down on a few octopus balls (Takoyaki). Paid many a visit to this wonderful little stall, never regretted it. Have been to Tokyo many times, but I hear that Osaka is really the place for Takoyaki, as well as other delectable street treats.

                The Okonomiyaki - which, by the by, loosely means "cook what you like" - is good too. Had this at a New Years Party, and people were literally throwing everything and the kitchen sink into this thing. Nothing can ruin it - it's happy food.

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                1. re: Polecat

                  Yeah Tony Bourdain did a really fun feature on Osaka's takoyaki scene on No Reservations, where they would eat it in special bars along with watching baseball games.

                  1. re: jeanki

                    Yeah, it's supposed to be an amazing street food culture, as is Seoul, Korea.
                    We need more tiny joints and lean-to's like Otafuku in NYC. Great street food for cheap.

                2. Otafuku is one of my big favorites-- they serve four varieties of okonomiyaki and three varieties of takoyaki, as well as griddle-fried yakisoba. The place is one of the best bargains in town.

                  We wrote about the place and took some photos a few months ago-- that info is on our site. Just do a search for 'otafuku' or 'takoyaki' or 'okonomiyaki'.

                  If you go, wear a coat!


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