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First time in Torrance with my picky brother

My Japan-obsessed brother just moved here from NY and we're going to check out Torrance for food, shopping, etc. He's a budding foodie but still hesitant about "weird" foods including most seafood. (Believe me, that's going to change once he tries one of Ricky's fish tacos!) Any recommendations for my picky little brother?

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  1. Here's a prior thread http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8762... that should prove useful to you and your "PB."

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    1. re: Servorg

      +1 I-naba. Cold soba, tempura, oyakodon...

      The goat biryani from the Indian place next door is stellar if you happen to be more adventurous than your PB.

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/382467

    2. take him to marukai as well as marukai pacific market in gardena, and mitsuwa in torrance. threads & needles is a japanese run clothing shop in old town torrance that he might like. for a real trip, go to volks, maker of ball-jointed dolls.

      all of the stalls in mitsuwa's food court have a display case of plastic food, so it's a good place to take a picky first-timer.

      1. Japan obsessed but he does not like seafood? No sushi I take it?

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        1. re: KTLA

          No sushi yet. I'm planning to take him to Katsu-ya for some crispy rice with spicy tuna and dynamite shrimp. I just intro'ed him to tofu and he's into it. I think there's still hope.

        2. Azuma on Western and 162nd St. in Gardena would be a start? It opens at 5:30pm for dinner and usually gets pretty crowded real fast. Their beef teriyaki is one of my favorites because they use char broiled ribeye steak instead of thin sukiyaki meat. A lot of Japan locals know of this place. El Pollo Inka on Hawthorne Blvd. serves up exotic Peruvian dishes with a little hint of Japanese. The lomo saltado is served with Japanese calrose rice and even has soy sauce by request.

          1. Take him to Hakata Yamaya in Lomita. Beef and beef intestine yakiniku. Brother can be as adventurous as he wants (or doesn't want) and I bet you could get him to dip into the motsunabe after some cheap sapporos.

            1. Torihei and Musha are good bets for 'safe' authentic izakaya style options - both located in the same strip mall.

              Kushiage Dining Horon - interesting option for everything deep fried! http://www.dininghoron.com/?lang=en

              Shinsengumi (18517 S Western Ave branch) for cheap pitcher beers to accompany Yakitori (grilled meat on skewers). Warning - this place is LOUD!!!

              Sanuki no Sato - udon noodles and other Japanese items like bento etcs.

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              1. re: Sgee

                Second the motion for Kushiage Dining Horon - very good food, and though they specialize in the fried stuff I've had other good things there too. Servers speak English reasonably well, and friendly but busy. Try the infused sakes and shochus!

                1. re: FoodObsessive

                  That sounds good..... Gotta see if they're open for lunch. I have an errand to run down there on Saturday.

                  1. re: FoodObsessive

                    i like horon too.

                    And of course for the piece de resistance of chicken meatballs at torihei.

                  2. re: Sgee

                    And I just found that Horon is closed - they are under new management and will reopen in about a week. The name will not change, but the menu will expand and add more ramen dishes. The new owners have several restaurants in San Francisco, but this is their first locally.

                    1. re: FoodObsessive

                      damn, fuck.

                      say it ain't so.

                      i'm kicking myself for not visiting horon more often.

                      this is terrible news.

                      and they had an exceptional kimura sake on offer too, opricey but great.

                      1. re: kevin

                        They say that most things won't change - but anybody would say that to someone who was obviously disappointed about the change.

                        1. re: kevin

                          Exceptional kimura sake...
                          Did you mean "kimoto"?
                          Never heard of kimura sake -- explain please?

                            1. re: Servorg

                              Thank you, Servorg. Don't know about the brewery, but the region produces some great sake.

                    2. Take him for a Ramen Burger this Saturday at Mitsuwa Market:
                      http://www.latimes.com/food/dailydish...