Shin Sen Gumi
So, I was going to go to Yakitori Bincho tonight, but it's closed (see post below).
In the threads on the restaurant, others menioned Shin Sen Gumi as an alternate favorite for yakitori. I googled it and got three locations:
Shin Sen Gumi 2 Go
(310) 324-0860 1620 W Redondo Beach Blvd
Shin Sen Gumi Chanko Rstrnt
(310) 715-1201 See reviews on Local 18519 S Western Ave
Shin Sen Gumi Hakata Rame
(714) 962-8952 See reviews on Local 18315 Brookhurst St
Fountain Valley, CA
Which one should I go to tonight?
None of the above. :) Yah, it might be confusing to know which one to go to, since they have specializations, but the ones you listed above aren't the Yakitori branch of SSG. It's this one (linked).
Shin Sen Gumi Yakitori
18517 S Western Ave, Gardena, CA 90248
I'm on a bit of a quest, since I will be leaving Los Angeles in a couple of months for the midwest.
I've lived here for a long time and have been lazy about certain foods. I've been to lots of the great Mexican places around town, but have neglected some categories of Asian, such as Japanese yakitori. Before I leave town I want to sample as much good food as I can :-)
Before you leave LA, if you haven't tried Chinese Dim Sum, you should check out Sea Harbour for some yumminess. (^_^)
And if you want to go really extravagant and sample some of the best Japanese Sushi / Kaiseki dining experiences, try Urasawa. It's flat-out amazing.
218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant
3939 N. Rosemead Blvd., Rosemead, CA 91770, USA
The Shin Sen Gumi on Western would be the Yakitori one (as indicated by exilekiss).
If you're willing to make the drive, Honda-ya has good yakitori too. It's in Tustin, and they also serve izakaya-style menu items as well.
On a side note, the Chanko place is strictly reservations only, as the restaurant has only 3 private rooms. It's a hot pot place, the kind that sumo wrestlers eat to get fat. It's really fun and yummy, so you should give that a try.
Honda Ya Japanese Restaurant
556 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92780