About a week ago I returned from three months of living in Tokyo. Turns out a week is how long it takes to really start jonesing for some grilled chicken parts. My standards are high, and I'm afraid that I'm going to be that jerk that other people overhear talking about how much better it is in Tokyo. Please help me! Is there any really good yakitori in LA?
Looks like Yakitori Bincho is the consensus on Chowhound... but it also look's like they're closed.
I actually live right by the Santa Monica Blvd-to-Olympic stretch of Sawtelle, so it would be great to go someplace around there. By reading this board and talking to people, sounds like the best options are Yakitoriya and Nanbankan. Anyone have a preference among those two? Any place better that I'm missing?
11301 W Olympic Blvd Ste 101, Los Angeles, CA 90064
11330 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
112 N International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
I would also recommend checking the neareast Shin-sen-gumi location closest to you. Some Shin-sen gumis only serve ramen so make sure you go to a yakitori location! I had some great yakitori at Kappo Honda in Fountain Valley. I believe Honda-ya in Little Tokyo is part of the same chain. I think Kappo Honda is better though.
Ended up going to Yakitoriya and I really liked it. Sure, I had bigger and better in Tokyo, but I also had much worse there. We had a couple sticks of liver, gizzard, breast, wing, thigh, skin, ginko nuts and more. No heart or cartillage on the menu. I was going to ask about it, but we were stuffed and opted for Beard Papa across the street.
I'll definitely be going back.