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Sep 5, 2007 06:46 AM

To stroll around Little Tokyo

We thought of taking the Red Line this weekend and maybe touring around. HE likes noodles, I like Sushi. He likes sushi. REAL sushi. Theme rolls are for when we're feeling silly.

Where should we visit? Perhaps dessert, too?

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  1. Noodles and sushi at the same place? There's a little hole in the wall on 1st Street between San Pedro and Alameda that is decent for both, but not outstanding...I think it's called "Aoi" or something like that. Of course, if you wander around, peering in the windows, you may find other gems to your liking, too.

    1. Buyer Beware: Sunday sushi may not be as fresh as Tuesday-Friday sushi...

      Sushi in Little Tokyo (google for locations, but all within walking distance):
      Sushi Gen
      Sushi Go 55 (on the 3rd floor of Little Tokyo Shopping Center, 333 S. Alameda)
      Frying Fish, for so-so conveyor belt sushi (Kaiten)

      Dessert: Pastry/Bakery (name eludes me) shop near Frying Fish has some traditional Japanese sweets

      Noodles in Little Tokyo:
      Daikokuya (1st St.)
      Also, try Weller Court, a shopping Plaza with Marukai Supermarket, near the New Otani Hotel for other holes-in-the-wall

      Have fun!

      4 Replies
        1. re: Diana

          Saturday sushi is still ok. Prefer Sushi Gen, but any of the places on 2nd street are pretty good

        2. re: J.L.

          The bakery's name is Yamazaki. I love the steamed green tea cakes.

          Yamazaki Bakery
          123 Japanese Village Plaza Mall, Los Angeles, CA 90012

          1. re: Woolsey

            Yes, Woolsey, those Green Tea Cakes are soooo yummy!

        3. Dessert has to be Fugetsudo for mochis (on First Street).

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          1. re: mlgb

            I prefer the Fugetsudo in the Mitsuwa market plaza.

            1. re: calabasas_trafalgar

              If I were strolling around Little Tokyo, my choice would be the 100+ year old family owned sweet shop.

              I believe the Mitsuwa ones are imported from Japan?

              1. re: mlgb

                what is the sweet shop called?

                1. re: mlgb

                  Their are two 100 + year old family owned sweet shops in Little Tokyo, Fugetsudo and Mikawaya. Whether you go to the locations in the Japanese Village Plaza or Mitsuwa market plaza(for either place), they are all made here in L.A. My wife used to work for Mikawaya, take her word for it, Fugetsudo is better!

                  1. re: calabasas_trafalgar

                    The shop I'm talking about is Fugetsu-do on First Street. I've looked at the products at Mitsuwa in Torrance and I thought they sold the Japanese Fugetsudo, but I have not looked at Mitsuwa market place in Little Tokyo. They may have the local ones there. In either case, I would rather go to the original store on First Street.


                    The above link gives store hours, you may have to buy dessert before dinner!

                    1. re: mlgb

                      Fugetsu-do on First St is where all the products are made. They also have a shop inside the Mitsuwa store. The products are exactly the same.

                    2. re: calabasas_trafalgar

                      I had some Mikawaya mochi a few weeks ago, and it was definitely on the geriatric side. (It was in the evening, though, and Fugetsu-do was closed, while Mikawaya was still open.)

              2. The Best Cheap, #1 Rated market sushi is daikichi Sushi located in mitsuwa market. A decent sized tray will run $5-$13 This is the ONLY supermarket sushi My family will eat

                1. It's difficult to find a place that does both well. I may be in the minority, but while others go to Daikokuya and Orochon for noodles, I like the sheer simplicity of Hana Ichimonme, which is on the third floor of the old Yaohan plaza. start there, and then go to Sushi Gen for really good sushi. At Sushi Gen, I would even order the sashimi plates instead of getting sushi.

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                  1. re: nomo_fan

                    I like Hana Ichimonme also. On that same floor are Issen Joki, Sushi Go 55, the newly minted Honda-ya, and a Korean joint.

                    1. re: nomo_fan

                      I had been going to Hana ichimonme for years, my favorite is the spicy champon. They offer a good variety of ramen and other dishes.

                      edit: plus great plastic food display case.