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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 …

Relaxtation

Relaxtation is where I was first introduced to Black Pearl Milk Tea or Bo Ba Nai Cha (Bo Ba for short).  Bo Ba I believe is pretty much any drink that you put large tapioca balls in the most common being Black Tea and Milk.  Once you try this I think you’ll be addicted.  Each …

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