Little Tokyo: Daikokuya

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Neighborhood: Little Tokyo
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(213) 626-1680[/one_fourth][three_fourth_last]I love ramen and it’s not hard to see why. It’s just a staple in anyone’s kitchen cupboard (especially college students and yuppies, I suppose). It’s quick, easy, and so good. Luck was on our side yesterday as we found ourselves hungry in Little Tokyo after an afternoon of visiting museums. It was extremely lucky actually. We passed by a strip of a variety of Japanese stores that sold stuff from sushi to French Maid costumes and festivities were going on for Nisei Week so it was really crowded. As we walked by this small yellow restaurant, I heard someone go, “Wow, there’s no line today!”. I kept that in mind and brought it up with my friend after more than an hour of immersion in ‘contemporary art’. I’m hungry. We should try that place because that guy sounded really excited about it, is what I said. The rest, as they say, is history. We may have found the best ramen joint in Los Angeles. Small, unassuming, and loud. It’s exactly what you’d expect of a ramen joint that’s on LA Weekly’s 99 Essential LA Restaurants. Don’t even question it. Just go there and order that ramen, kotteri-style. Enjoy.[/three_fourth_last]


Some of my favorite things are beef jerky, bacon, Benedict Cumberbatch, pistachios (aka the nut of the gods), my husband's face, and coffee.

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