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Your favorites in Little Tokyo?

Will have some time to explore this area soon. What are your favorite restaurants and what are the best items that they serve?

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  1. If you like ramen, Daikokuya has such an excellent tonkotsu ramen.

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    1. re: jlklp

      Their ramen is terrific, yes.

      However, the standout item for me at Daikokuya is the gyoza. They make an odd, canneloni-shaped version with a thick-ish skin, and its richly shrimp flavored filling appeals to me because I make my own at home w/ dried shrimp too.

      1. re: Professor Salt

        I wonder if they make their own gyoza. I've bought gyozas in the same shape and form, and that taste pretty much the same from Korean market.

          1. re: Professor Salt

            I got them from a Korean market in Torrance (on Sepulveda near Hawthorne). Sorry the name escapes me but I would think you can find them in other Korean markets, too.

    2. Sashimi lunch special at Sushi Gen. Get there early or be prepared to wait in line.

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          i second that!

          hands down to Sushi KOMASA!

          1. re: ipsedixit

            You've mentioned Komasa many times in other threads, yet I've found them to be one of the sub-par sushi places around. What have you liked there? Just curious.

            1. re: E Eto

              The albacore is always good, so is the hamachi. But, really, you should just ask what is fresh that day.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                Asking about a restaurant's "osusume" goes without saying. Judging from my couple experiences, the owners of Komasa seem to have decided that their business would best be viable by appealing to the lower common denominator of the sushi eating public, rather than appealing to the real connoissures. The profit margins are likely bigger, so it was probably a wise business decision, but it puts them in a class far below the others.
                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/80838...

                1. re: E Eto

                  Perhaps, but their prices reflect that.

          2. Kagaya - Shabu Shabu.

            1. I like the ramen shop inside the Little Tokyo plaza, Hana-ichimonme, I believe it's called. That 3rd floor of the plaza has some interesting stuff. There's a home-style Japanese plays next door to Hana, there's Go 55, then Honda-ya, there was that old bibimbap place that's reopening as something else, and there's also a healthy/vegan/macro Japanese spot in the corner opening soon too.

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              1. re: SauceSupreme

                Seconding Hanaichimonme - one of my long-time favorites that just seems really overlooked and underrated, for reasons I can't explain. And I also like Suehiro, mentioned by Dommy below, for the house special and for the katsu curry.

                  1. re: MeowMixx

                    Me too! That's almost always what I get there.

                1. re: SauceSupreme

                  Re: The old bibimbap place... It will be reopened as The House of Korea - and it will be yet another KBBQ joint.