Where should I have lunch in little Tokyo?
Open to anything around $20
Sashimi Lunch Special at Sushi Gen.
Shredded Pork Bowl at Daikokuya.
Burger at Lazy Ox.
Sausages & Fries (Beer) at nearby Wurstkuche.
i love the shredded pork bowl (small size, please!) @ Daikokuya. Delish! Unfortunately, I have not been able to wait the line out the last 3x I was in the neighborhood. :(
I can also recommend Fat Spoon (house-made curry, pasta & salad) a couple of doors east of Daikokuya.
327 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
329 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA
I second all the places that others have mentioned, except I go to Hama Sushi instead of Sushi Gen. It's almost entirely sushi bar seating. They have delicious unagi that is actually heated until the edges are crisp, and spicy tuna handrolls that (or spicy salmon, or spicy yellowtail).
If you feel more like sushi rolls - Sushi Enya has a big variety and they give you a lot of pieces.
Chin Ma Ya has a yummy tan tan men ramen.
Shabu Shabu House is good too, though there will likely be a wait.
I went to China Ma Ya for lunch because I had jury duty and I thought it was one of the worse bowls of ramen I've had in a long time. Their tan tan men smells and taste like they put peanut butter in it which I assume is tahini as the source of nuttiness.
The saving grace of my meal there was the chicken kara-age which surprisingly was pretty good. I'd probably skip the ramen and go for the rice bowls instead.