Brunch at Baldoria in Little Tokyo

The dineL.A. Guide to Little Tokyo

08/10/2016

dine L.A.

Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles is one of the city's top culinary destinations. Dig deeper and you'll find that dining options in this historic district aren't limited to its acclaimed sushi and ramen spots. From an Italian-inspired lounge to Korean-style sausages, read on for the dineL.A. guide to Little Tokyo.

Impressive Bean Jelly at Szechuan Impression

The Best Cold Noodle Dishes in Los Angeles

08/21/2015

Joshua Lurie

Noodles are great in steaming bowls of broth, tossed with sauce. When the weather is blazing hot, it’s also perfectly acceptable to cool down your noodles. Several Los Angeles restaurants prepare interesting cold noodle dishes, many available only during summer. Read on and learn about 12 of the best cold noodle options in L.A.

Assorted sashimi at Asanebo

The Best Sushi Restaurants on Sushi Row and Beyond

08/06/2015

Clarissa Wei

Los Angeles is a wonderful place to be if you’re a Japanese food aficionado. There are entire neighborhoods dedicated to cuisine: Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles, Sawtelle Japantown on the Westside, and the suburban Japanese culinary destination in the South Bay.

Sushi Row is a stretch of Ventura Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley that's named from the area's many raw fish specialists. Often overlooked when it comes to the conversation of sushi in Los Angeles, are the restaurants along Ventura outside of Studio City. While the majority of them are heavy on the rolls and cater to a more Westernized crowd, it’s a good choice for happy hour or if you’re planning an epic food crawl. Read on for the best sushi restaurants on Sushi Row and beyond.

Hama Sushi in Downtown L.A.

The Best Sushi in Downtown Los Angeles

06/12/2015

Clarissa Wei

It’s a great time to be a sushi aficionado. The Japanese food scene in Los Angeles is stronger than ever as the American palate is evolving to be less squeamish towards raw fish and much more inclined towards simplicity than the fanciful mayonnaise-drenched rolls of yesteryear. There seems to be sushi at every corner in Los Angeles, but Downtown L.A. in particular boasts a diversity of options. Little Tokyo in itself is sushi central and not far from it are powerhouses like Sushi Zo and Sugarfish. You’ll get a good mix of affordable plus luxurious choices – all without driving very far.

Seafood paella at smoke.oil.salt.

Around the World in 21 Los Angeles Dishes

03/02/2015

Discover Los Angeles

Generations of immigrants from around the world have come to Los Angeles from overseas and throughout the Americas to pursue their dreams. L.A. is truly a global metropolis because of its rich diversity. Locals and visitors alike can experience a virtual United Nations of cuisines without ever leaving the City of Angels. Leave your passport at home and start your culinary journey around the world in 21 Los Angeles dishes.

Yakitori at Hinotori

Top 10 Yakitori Restaurants in Los Angeles

02/05/2015

Clarissa Wei

In Japan, yakitori refers to bite-sized chicken meat or offal, strung on bamboo sticks and cooked over charcoal until beautiful crisp grill marks appear. In the states, that term has expanded to describe restaurants that serve grilled Japanese skewers. Also known as izakaya restaurants, meals at these places are fast, casual affairs that are usually paired with a sizeable glass of beer. Charcoal is the preferred cooking method because the ash radiates infrared rays to help seal in the flavor. Typically, the skewer is then dressed with salt or basted with yuzu or a sweet soy sauce. When it comes to yakitori, it’s all about the flavor. Here are 10 great yakitori restaurants in Los Angeles.

Taiko drummer at Nisei Week in Little Tokyo

A Walking Tour of Little Tokyo

09/25/2014

Discover Los Angeles

With roots dating to the 1880s, Little Tokyo is a major cultural and civic center for Japanese Americans living in Southern California. Little Tokyo is a Downtown L.A. area of about five city blocks, bounded on the west by Los Angeles Street, on the east by Alameda Street, on the south by 3rd Street, and on the north by 1st Street, including the block north of 1st and west of Alameda. One of only three official Japantowns in the United States, Little Tokyo is the home of the annual Nisei Week festival, and was declared a National Historic Landmark District in 1995. From museums to restaurants and bars, read on for a walking tour of Little Tokyo, one of L.A.’s most historic and popular multicultural neighborhoods.

Ramen at Tsujita LA Annex

The Best Ramen Bowls in Los Angeles

06/26/2014

Joshua Lurie

Ramen, the savory Japanese noodle soup, has grown from a dorm room staple to an artisan phenomenon. Now, almost every L.A. neighborhood has at least one viable ramen option, and parts of town like Little Tokyo, Sawtelle Japantown, and Torrance, are bubbling over with rich, flavorful broth. Learn about 12 of the best ramen bowls in Los Angeles.