Daikokuya is the mother of LA ramen. With five locations across the city, Daikokuya is definitely a bit of a chain these days, but a visit to the original Little Tokyo location for one of their traditional bowls is a pilgrimage every ramen disciple must take. The lines can get long, but the old-school, no-frills space is the exact setting you want to be housing a bowl of noodles in.
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Burrata House is home to some decent cheese but doesn’t need to be your first choice at Grand Central Market.
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Sogo Roll Bar
Sogo Roll Bar in Los Feliz rolls up some of highest quality and most interesting fish in LA.
Yojimbo is a donburi specialist on Fairfax and a great spot for a quick lunch if you’re in the area.
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Sawtelle’s Tsujita does the best tsukemen-style ramen this side of the Pacific and some of the best overall ramen in Los Angeles.
The lines might be long at Ramen Tatsunoya, but this Pasadena ramen spot is worth the wait.
Killer Noodle is the newest spot from the people behind Tsujita, and they specialize in tantanmen - super spicy ramen noodles.
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