One of the busiest restaurants in Pasadena, Osawa does it all - shabu shabu, sushi, and sukiyaki - and all of it is pretty great. Despite the huge menu, we usually order the sushi combination special, which includes a blue crab hand roll alongside 16 pieces of extremely high-quality fish. If you’re not going all-in on the sushi, try to get a seat at the shabu shabu counter, because then you can order off both the shabu menu and the a la carte sushi one.
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If you’re getting pizza in Pasadena, you should get it from The Luggage Room Pizzeria.
Shandong Dumplings in Pasadena serves good noodle dishes, a few great dumplings, and a fantastic scallion pancake.
The Royce Wood-Fired Steakhouse
The Royce is a fancy steakhouse inside the even fancier Langham Hotel in Pasadena, but it’s food is worth the price tag.
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Kotohira is a tiny noodle shop in a Gardena strip mall with a giant menu of udon, ranging from curry to creamy to green mochi.
Joon Shabu Shabu
Joon is a very good shabu shabu joint in Glendale, and your move when you feeling like cooking meat yourself tonight.
A small restaurant in a big Lomita strip mall, Hikari is a Japanese BBQ spot where you go to grill meat over hot coals.
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In a town that certainly knows its sushi, Sushi Park in West Hollywood is operating on a completely different level.
One of our favorite sushi spots in LA, where any level sushi eater can walk away thrilled.
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