Unlike the new, more modern izakayas around town (Tsubaki, Mtn), Osen Izakaya in Silver Lake is as traditional as it gets. With an interior entirely covered in wood paneling and smoke from the yakitori grills permeating your clothes as the night wears on, Osen feels like a real Japanese tavern. The food is good and affordable (concentrate on the yakitori skewers), and though the place is already quite crowded, it never takes too long to get a seat.
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