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Great ethnic eats in L.A.s Little Tokyo

There's no shortage of great eats and drinks in LA's Little Tokyo, but they aren't always Japanese.

 

You'll find everything from perfect nigiri and mochi ice cream to ramen, Singaporean spiced pig tails and even doner kebabs. Add in a few fun bars, MOCA and a Metro Gold Line stop, and you've got one little hot happening place. So what spots rise above the pack? Check out our list below!

 

No. 5: Shabu Shabu House

 

Cook-it-yourself types tout the “masterful version” of the eponymous dish at this budget Little Tokyo Japanese where the “delicious” meats, sauces and condiments can be had for “bargain-basement prices”; decor isn’t a strong suit, and it’s always “busy”, so prepare to “wait.”

127 Japanese Village Plaza Mall; 213-680-3890

 

No. 4: Spitz

 

This “nifty” “Turkish fast-food” duo in Eagle Rock and Little Tokyo is a “favorite” source for “yummy” “street-cart” eats like wraps, sandwiches and doner kebabs (“get them zesty-style”), plus “delicious” gelato; look for wallet-friendly prices, a “cool”, “laid-back” setting and a full bar at the Little Tokyo locale.

371 E. Second St.; 213-613-0101

 

No. 3: Honda-Ya

 

“Mix and match all night long” from the menu “like a phone book” at these “addicting” izakayas in Little Tokyo and the City of Industry, where the “well-priced” “pub-style plates”, yakitori skewers and sushi come with plenty of sake, beer and “old-school” atmosphere; the staff aptly handles the “busy” scene, plus it’s “open late, a rarity” for these parts.

333 S. Alameda St.; 213-625-1184

 

No. 2: Daikokuya

 

“Warm, bouncy noodles” and “rich”, “flavorful broth” “make all the difference” for the “superior ramen” at this affordable' chainlet' of Japanese “greasy spoons”; there’s “minimal service, little capacity and long lines”, but “is it worth it? Absolutely”.

327 E. First St.; 213-626-1680

 

No. 1: Spice Table

 

“Super-delicious”, “fun-to-share” Southeast Asian plates await at this “charming find” in Little Tokyo, where the “unusual” menu pays hom- age to Singapore and Vietnam, the respective culinary heritages of chef-owner Bryant Ng (ex Pizzeria Mozza) and his wife, Kim; “interesting” craft beers, “friendly service” and a “stylish” brick-walled set- ting complete the “low-key” (and relatively low priced) experience.

114 S. Central Ave.; 213-620-1840

 

(SOURCE: Zagat.com & 2013 Los Angeles Restaurant Guide)

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