It makes no sense to me how bad Japanese food is in America. Especially in L.A. and S.F. there are large enough populations of native Japanese peoples that you’d think there would be some good restaurants. Although there are some good sushi places, almost without fail anything that is not sushi in pretty craptacular. There are a few places that are okay but none have been true Japanese food.

That is until now. Wakasanchi is 100% authentic. Everything I was given was not in the least bit out of place from my experiences in Tokyo. The “Omakase” or leave it to the chef thing might be a little off putting for some but I think it’s for the best because unless you’ve lived in Japan you would not know what or how to order.

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Baja Bud’s

My favorite place for a carnitas(pork) burrito.  Baja Buds is a chain.  If you have a friend how does like Mexican food take them to Baja Buds.  Order a carnitas burrito with guac and mild salsa and have them give it a try.  If they don’t like it something’s wrong. ;-)

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NBC Seafood

(more to come)

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Hodori Restaurant: The 24 hour Korean place

It’s surprising how few 24 places there are on Los Angeles considering it is Los Angeles, one of the biggest cities int he world.  But there are a few.  This is a great one because the food is great and cheap.  It’s on the Southwest corner of Vermont and Olympic.  If you go any time around dinner there will be no parking as there are like 20 shops in that strip mall and maybe only 50 spaces.

Try the Tol Suk Bi Bim Bap or the Bulgogi for starters.

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Tapioca Express

This is my favorite Bo Ba place.  They have just the right amount of tea to milk to sugar ratio and I like the favor of their tea.  The one I usually go to is on Valley Blvd west of Garfield on the south side of the street in a strip mall.  There are at least 2 or 3 others.  They seem to be expanding rapidly.  They have like 90 different drinks as well as a few foods.  I haven’t tried many other drinks because I’m always craving my Bo Ba fix so even though I’d like to try the others it comes down to getting my fix or trying something I usually go for the fix.

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King’s Road Cafe

I don’t really know what to recommend here.  It’s not bad, it’s not great, it’s just a place we used to go because generally there wasn’t a long wait and it was convenient.  It’s on Beverly just east of La Cienega at the corner of Beverly and King’s Road. Hence the name ;-)

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Ocean Star

In Monterey Park, this is one of the most popular Dim Sum places.  I’m sure you could wait an hour even on a weekday.  The place is huge too.  If you really want the Dim Sum experience this is the place to go.

Also, Monterey Park and the areas nearby are heavily populated by Chinese as well as some other Asian groups.  The cool things is there are tons of great and fun restaurants, several video game stores and also a couple of Hong Kong movie theaters so if you want to see the latest Jackie Chan or other Hong Kong movies years before their official American release check it out!

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BCD Tofu House: The 24 hour Korean Tofu Soup place

This is not the first place I’ve had "jige" (jee gay) said very quickly.  I don’t know really how to pronounce the food I ate.  I think "jige" just means soup.

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See (O.C. Dining)

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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 Bowl, thicker beef), Una don (eel bowl, tastes kind of like tender BBQ chicken), Oyaku don (Chicken and egg bowl)

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