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Sep 11, 2008 06:29 PM

Seeking Yakitori

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

Nanban-Kan Restaurant
11330 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Izakaya Bincho
112 N International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

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  1. Between Yakitori-ya and Nanbankan, Yakitori-ya wins *every* time in my book.

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    1. re: yinyangdi

      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.

      1. re: cravingcoppa

        FYI, Yakitori-ya definitely offers heart and cartilage/soft-bone; maybe they're off menu due to limited availability.

    2. How about Sakura House,

      13362 W Washington Blvd

      I really like their yakitori, especially since yakitoriya is always packed.

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        1. i know that this is a little off-board... but you should drive out to San Diego and go to yakyu-dori. it's as good as yakitori bincho, if not better.

          Yakitori Yakyudori
          3739 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103