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Kaitenzushi (shinjuku)

I’ve been told that kaitenzushi (rotating sushi) is not generally the best sushi but I personally found almost every kaitenzushi place in Japan to be better than any sushi restaurant I’ve eaten at in the United States.  I tried several of them.  My favorites are:…

Cheesecake Factory

You may have heard of them.  They are also a national chain (or are they now international).  The thing that sucks about the Cheesecake Factory is that they don’t take reservations and they are almost always busy.  On a Friday or Saturday night you can expect to wait at least 2 hours.…

Bangkok West

Best Thai on the west side.  They are on Santa Monica Blvd in the 600 block.  It’s probably not "authentic" but it tastes good to me.  Kind of small and the service has been lacking.  I think they need one or two more people but definitely a place to check out.…

Jerry’s Famous Deli

Insomnia Cafe

On Beverly and Poinsettia.  Another coffee shop.  The point of this one seems to be that lots of screenwriters (or wannabe screenwriters) hang out here with their laptops and type their latest screen plays or movie treatments.  I just sat there and edited my webpages.  Does that make me a poser?…

Mishima & Taiko

Mishima is a quickly expanding chain of Japanese donburi, soba and udon restaurants.  I think they are up to 4 now.  Donburi is a bowl of rice with stuff on top.  Once they put the stuff on top the name is usually shortened to just don.  For example Gyu Don (Beef Bowl), Niku Don (Meat …

Rubio’s

Rubio’s is actually a fairly large chain in So.Cal.  It’s specialty is fish tacos.   Yes you read correctly, Fish Tacos.  When I first heard about fish tacos it sounded kind of gross.  I don’t know why when you think about it.  Tuna sandwiches are one of my favorites as were Fillet-O-Fish sandwiches at McDonalds …

Rockbottom’s

This is one of those brewery restaurants where they make their own beers.  I’m not sure if the food is all that great here but I went a couple of times and the one reason I’d go back is they have this buffalo wings appetizer plate with 3 different types of wings.   It’s about …

Chibo

A place I’ve often gone is Chibo, the okonomiyaki place at Yebisu Garden Plaza at the top of the large building there.  It’s part of a chain. It’s probably not the best okonomiyaki but it’s not bad and the view is great from the 37th floor.

Especially if you are from out of town …

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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