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Nov 28, 2012 07:38 AM

The best DAIKOKUYA location??


I'm from Toronto and no ramen place compares (not even ippudo in NY imo =P). I've been to Santouka in Toronto already and it's good but my boyfriend and I still reminisce the ramen from Daikokuya.

Anyways, every time I visit LA I now must eat at Daikokuya (went in 2007 and 2009) and I've only been to the Little Toyko location.

I'm wondering how are the other locations? Is it just as good? I'm considering going to another location since there is less wait and free parking... but not willing to compromise for the taste!

Ps. Are they opened on Christmas eve and Christmas?

Yes you may sell me on another ramen place but I'm only in LA for two days so I will be eating at Daikokuya no matter what and other suggestions will have to be for my next trip~

Thanks in advance~!

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    1. re: Servorg

      Thanks but doesn't answer my question... which location of DAIKOKUYA is the best.

      1. re: Kharin

        "Yes you may sell me on another ramen place...for my next trip."

        1. re: Kharin

          The "best" Daikokuya location is the closest one w/ no line.

          In my case, that'd be the Monterey Park location. Enjoy your LA visit, but really, Fujin and Hayatemaru are many notches above Daikokuya these days.

          1. re: TonyC

            Random question Tony: have you heard about ChoCho's Ramen in Rosemead? I think my friend's friend's (or one more degree of separation) family run it. Haven't heard/read about it anywhere though.

            1. re: chrishei

              I visit that food court for historied hainam chix rice take out. Noticed ChoCho's build-out and opening.

              It's on yelp, so it's certainly "somewhere". =)

      2. The best Daikokuya location?

        ... NOT the Little Tokyo location, which has slid downhill since you last visited.

        But since you're eating there "no matter what", I suppose there is no point trying to convincing you otherwise.

        Other suggestions include Tsujita & Santouka.

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        1. re: J.L.

          I'm personally not a fan of Daikokuya either (though it's fairly solid on a good day), but I think it's gotten to a point where the place is an institution of the city now (i.e. Pink's, Tito's). It's always going to have its staunch defenders, and attract out-of-towners. So I get it.

          That being said, I can easily count more than a handful of places I'd recommend over Daikokuya in a heartbeat, and more I haven't tried that are probably better too...especially Tsujita + Santouka :)

        2. You've already been to Daikoku-Ya, why not try something newer and IMO far superior like the tsukemen at Tsujita LA? I'll bet you'll like it. That place is ruined tsukemen for me in America and is the only place I can eat it now.