Wakasanchi

2007-06-20

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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Zen Grill

1999-03-09

If you want a idea how small and crowed most restaurants in Japan are try this place.  Note: it is not Japanese food.  It's basically a mix.  A few Chinese dishes, a few Vietnamese dishes, etc.  It's pretty good but it's always crowded.  Expect a wait.

It's on 3rd just east of La Cienega across from Old Navy. 

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Tommy's Hamburgers

1999-03-09

See (O.C. Dining)

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Tito's Taco's

1999-03-09

Me and Evan and Sakura tried this place out.  It's on the northern Washington (there are two Washingtons right there) and Sepulevda.  There is always a line.  I'm not sure why.  We tried it out and for me it seems like bad drive in movie Mexican food.  It was cheap but I personally got a stomach ache after I ate there.  I guess I don't understand the line.  If you want Mexican go to Alberto's or Baja Bud's.

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The Hump

1999-03-09

The Hump is some of the best Sushi / Sashimi on LA and it's in a cool location to boot.  It's actually at the Santa Monica Airport.  Sounds strange but it's definitely cool.  I've only been here once but it was most certainly an unforgettable pleasure for my mouth.

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Tapioca Express

1999-03-09

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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T.C.B.Y (The Country's Best Yogurt)

1999-03-09

T.C.B.Y. is a national chain of frozen yogurt / ice cream shops.  It's nothing special, at least for me, but you've got to see this.  They have something they call "Rainbow Cream".  It's vanilla ice cream with a TON OF FOOD COLORING!!!!   Of course kids love it.  I tried it and it was fine BUT, the next 3 times I when #2 I colored the water quite a dark shade of blue.

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Sushi Mon

1999-03-09

I met a Match.com date here.  Not bad, the food and the date.  A little expensive though not for L.A. sushi but they had this one dish, which was the reason to go, which is basically tuna (or was it salmon) and tomatoes and some sauce on top of a large wanton chip.  That was really good even if another friend of mine frowned at the mix of tomatoes and sushi.

 

 

 

 

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Soot Bull Jeep: Korean BBQ place

1999-03-09

If you are going to try Korean BBQ and you're in LA this is the place to do it.  It's dark and hot and full of smoke coming from the coals that you cook your own food on so expect your clothes to smell like Korean BBQ when you leave. 

It's on 8th somewhere between Vermont and Western (3136 W. Eighth St)

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Shoreline Cafe

1999-03-09

They are also open 24 hours.  At least the one in Belmont Shores is.  Their food isn't as good as Harbor house but it's usually not bad and Belmont Shores is far more interesting than the Harbor House locations.

Directions: Take the 405 north to the 7th Street exit.  On the 7th street exit there is a sub−exit to Studabaker.  Take that exit.  At Studabaker go left and then right at Westminster.  Westminster will cross PCH and become 2nd St.  Keep going until you cross two more bridges.  You're now in Belmont Shores.  The Shoreline Cafe is on right about 5 or 6 blocks.

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