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Jun 6, 2009 05:15 PM

Family Sushi

There are a lot of Sushi aficionados on the boards who indulge their passion to the tune of hundred dollar bills being stacked on white table cloth. They use words like Kiriko, Mori, Sushi Zo, and Sasabune. And that's wonderful!

But how about the working man's sushi bars? The places where a savvy couple can go in for a casual bite (my wife loves uni and ikura), get some reasonably good fish and a couple beers, and walk out for less than $60 (cheap!)?

I know Ichiban in Glendale is one example. Sushi Gen used to be another great value place, before they renovated and raised their prices. I'm looking for other inexpensive gems in Pasadena, Alhambra, and Little Tokyo. What do you say, hounds? Where can we find the best sushi values in LA, without sacrificing TOO much quality?

120 S Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91204

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  1. I am always happy at a little sushi bar in Little Tokyo on 1st Street. It is near the corner of Alameda, and has a green neon fish over the door. Why can I NEVER remember the name?

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    1. re: lotta_cox

      There is Sushi Imai - but it's closer to Central and there was another place (Toshi?) near Imai as well. Maybe one of those two?

      1. re: Servorg

        I think you're thinking of Toshi Sushi. The OP might like it because Toshi came from Gen before opening his own place. It can be really good and there is a "Toshi Special" on the menu for lunch and dinner which is a chef's choice of 12? items with salad and miso soup for around $20 pp. The also have Echigo.

    2. Komasa and Gen come to mind.

      1. Perhaps you may want to take the brood to Hide Sushi, on Sawtelle. Cash only.

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        1. re: J.L.

          i've never gotten out of hide at under $30/pp for sushi even without adding alcohol, even though i usually order the cheaper types of sushi (saba, etc).
          8gr8n8's wife likes the more expensive types (ikura and uni) AND they like to have a couple of beers.
          can't see hide coming in at budget in this situation.

          1. re: westsidegal

            I can't see ANY palatable and safe sushi options for $30pp or less unless you buy it at the Japanese supermarkets. But I admit, I may not be qualified to answer this thread.

        2. Kiyokawa -- Robertson between Olympic and Wilshire (just east of Bev Hills).
          Probably a little out of your ideal area, but a hidden gem nonetheless, especially for your budget.

          Kiyokawa Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar
          265 S Robertson Blvd Ste 10, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

          1. Ichima Sushi in Pasadena (off Rosemead) has decent sushi at very good prices...