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Nov 6, 2009 09:52 AM

Where to eat in Little Tokyo

So this seems a simple enough question, but when I do a search I get nothing relevant. I go to little tokyo all the time, but usually stick with the same two restaurants out of fear of accidentally ordering something spooky. I love most japanese food, sushi included, but stay away from the weird meats like intestinal tracts, fish flakes/broth. I'm looking for something not expensive, and in the area of that outdoor-ish mini mall market. Any ideas? Any recommendations of a restaurant and what to get there would be appreciated.


Little Tokyo Restaurant
150 E Bonita Ave, San Dimas, CA 91773

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  1. Which 2 do you frequent?

    1. There is a lot written on the board about the following places:

      Suehiro Cafe on 1st Street has a large menu and a good sampling of cooked japanese food. I like the various dishes over rice, (pork katsy don) the shumai and gyoza and the koika on the specials board, although thats fried seafood. I dont go there for noodles as they are just so so or sushi which they dont serve.

      Sushi Gen is known for their fish and their lunch specials.

      Kokekoko does grilled chicken on skewers.

      Izayoi has some interesting cooked dishes and I think good lunch specials.

      132 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

      Suehiro Cafe
      337 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

      1. "So this seems a simple enough question, but when I do a search I get nothing relevant."

        Then you're not conducting a proper search. Over the last 5 years, there are nearly 1,500 threads on the L.A. board that mention "Little Tokyo" -- you can sort the results by date, relevance, etc...


        1. Hi Carly,

          Wondering if you ever broke out of the Columbia Chinese buffet mentality and have explored the glories of the Chinese food in the San Gabriel Valley

          Faves in Little Tokyo:
          1. Daikokuya for their tonkatsu ramen (if you still think of ramen as $0.25 dehydrated packages of noodles, you have to try the real stuff). Also their gyoza are phenomenal, but Tokyo Cafe around the corner sells excellent ones for cheaper. Get your gyoza appetizer there while you wait for a table a Daikokuya.
          2. Sushi Gen for lunch - $16 gets you a really nice quality sashimi lunch. This would be $30-50 in other restaurants. (this deal is not available if you sit at the sushi bar
          )3. Sushi Go 55 in the top floor of the mall on Alameda and 3rd. Also really good quality fish for a bargain price, and 10% off if you use this coupon

          Mr Taster

          327 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

          Sushi Go 55
          333 S Alameda St Ste 317, Los Angeles, CA 90013

          1. I work just outside Little Tokyo so I eat there a lot. I think the hole-in-the-wall kind of places are sometimes good at some things, but pretty bad at others. I'll recommend the vegetarian lunch at Usui (on first st.). The people at Aoi (also on first) are pretty great, even if the food's only OK. They're what I'd want my Japanese grandfather and grandmother to be like if I were Japanese and had grandparents. Shojin, the vegan place in the shopping center at 3rd and Alameda is also good, but the portions were a bit Tokyo-sized as of the last time I went.

            You can also go to Senor Fish! (Given its location, before I went there I thought it was some kind of weird Mexican/Japanese fusion restaurant.)

            333 S Alameda St Ste 310, Los Angeles, CA 90013

            Usui Restaurant
            343 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012