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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Shandong Dumplings in Pasadena serves good noodle dishes, a few great dumplings, and a fantastic scallion pancake.
Lucky Boy in Pasadena is the diner for you, especially if you’re hungover and in need of a positively massive breakfast burrito.
Arroyo Chop House
Arroyo Chop House in Pasadena is the kind of steakhouse where you come for the meat, but stay for the excellent chocolate soufflé.
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Hachi is an all-purpose party izakaya in Torrance where you and your friends can drink rare sakes and eat one of the best $40 omakases around.
Hinoki & The Bird
Hinoki & the Bird is cooler than most options in Century City, and an ideal spot for your next power lunch. Even if you won’t remember the food.
Tempura Endo is an eight-seat restaurant in Beverly Hills with the best tempura you'll find outside of Japan.
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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.
Matsumoto is a high-end Beverly Grove sushi bar that offers one of LA’s essential omakase experiences.
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