Atch Kotch in Hollywood
For six years I've worked in the area, and I had no idea about this Japanese restaurant (probably had to do with the nightmarish parking situation both around and in that Vine/Fountain minimall it's in). My time is running out to enjoy all the ramen I can as my options may very well dwindle to zero, or one if I'm lucky. So that's what I want to have there. Do they have any signature ramen dishes? How's the gyoza?
I've worked in post houses around AtchKotch for years & have been a regular, happy customer for all that time. Good lunch spot.
I don't know if any of the ramens are "signature". They have a mix/match list of options - kind of a build-your-own...which is nice when you're in the mood for something particular.
They also have some set styles - northern & southern. I prefer the southern - has pork & spice. The northern is blander & has salmon cheeks...er, fish heads...which is not for everyone.
I also love the heavily tattooed waitresses & would hit on them except I think there is some sort of gang/triad/pinkie-cutting thing going on there...
A couple noteables:
1) The stark lack of music makes for either awkward silence or necessarily public conversation. Or peaceful, contemplative slurping.
2) The udon with kitsune and shiitake rocks my world every time (see photo).