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Genghis Kahn Mongolian BBQ

If you’ve never had Mongolian BBQ this is not a bad place to try it.  Basically they have a salad bar type arrangement.  They give you an empty bowl and you fill it as full as you can with stuff from the bar.  They have different shaved meats (i.e. thinly sliced) like turkey, beef, pork

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Tommy Sushi

This place is interesting in part because it’s so hidden.  If somebody didn’t tell you it was there you’d probably think it was a closet.  The sushi’s not bad.   The dinner sets of Japanese food are large but not great.  I really like the Poki bowl which is kind of like eating a bowl

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Le Saigon

Horray!  Vietnamese food on the west side.  Pho, Charbroiled Pork, Vietnamese style eggrolls.  Yummy.

Acutally it’s not great but it’s not bad either.  Perfect when you have a craving but you can’t make it down to Orange County.  Very inexpensive too.

On Santa Monica West of the 405 just before

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Rutabegors

Rutabegors is the original "health food" place. At least it was my first exposure when my parents started going there in the 70′s  They’ve opened a couple more since then but the original is the best because it’s in downtown Fullerton in a neat old Mexican building.  I’m not sure it’s really considered health food

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Rae’s Cafe

On Pico west of Centinela.  The thing going for Rae’s is it’s old looking like a 50s diner.  Not like Ruby’s which is a commercialized version of a 50s diner but an actual 50s diner.  It doesn’t look like this place has changed in 50 years.  Maybe it hasn’t.  Food what you’d expect for a

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Hurry Curry of Tokyo

If you haven’t tried Japanese curry you should give it a try.  For lack of a better description, it’s a plate of rice with gravy and usually some kind of meat.  Hamburger, Breaded Chicken (Chicken Katsu) and potatoes are probably the most common additions.  Unlike some other types of curry, Japanese curry is generally not

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Bangkok 4

Bangkok 4 is my favorite Thai restaurant.  It’s in the South Coast Plaza Crystal Court behind South Coast Plaza.  It’s on the 3rd floor.

I’m not sure if this is real Thai food or upscale Californiaized Thai food but I think is delicious.  It’s a little expensive.  The kind of place you’d go on a

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Micro Tokyo

I’m not sure if that’s the "official" name of this area but on Sawtelle just north of Olympic there are about 3 or 4 blocks of Japanese stores.  It seems alot more lively than Little Tokyo in downtown L.A even if it is really small.  I’ve heard it called Little Osaka and also L.A. city

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Seiryuumon

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L’Habitude

For really good and really inexpensive French food my friend Natsuko introduced me to this place

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It’s about a 15 minute walk from Kagurazaka Station on the Tozai like or 8 minutes from the Odeo Ushigyome Kagurazaka Staion but it’s well worth it.  At the time I went a three course meal was only about

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