Kyoto - non-Kaiseki restaurant picks
I grabbed some inari and saba sushi to go from this place...
Then split it with friends at an eating/sitting area in the temple across the street... ^^
And this place is great place to have a break and a treat...
We had udon at Honke Owariya and really enjoyed it. It's only open until 7 pm, though.
There's also a good Indian restaurant in Kyoto called Kerala, if you've reached a point in your travels where you've got Japanese cuisine fatigue. Service was less than stellar, but the food was great.
And we loved our shabu shabu dinner at Shabuzen Gion.
Thanks to Robb for the address. Here are a few landmarks that might help you find it. It's in Eastern Kyoto, across the street from a McDonald's and close to the entrance of one of the neighborhood shopping arcades. It's easy to walk right past. When I was there, there was potted bamboo (surprise!) out front.