The line at the Sawtelle Daikokuya is only slightly shorter than at the Little Tokyo original, but the good news is that it’s still worth the wait. The pork-fat infused ramen is always fantastic (because it’s pork-fat infused) and as a bonus you can pretend you’re Scarlett Johansson, thanks to the Sofia-Coppola-Tokyo-Fever-Dream aesthetic inside.
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Kimukatsu is famous in Japan for their pork cutlets, and now they’re an essential meal on Sawtelle.
Coffee Tomo on Sawtelle is a tiny coffee shop serving excellent drip coffee. Don’t leave without one of their pretzels.
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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.
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