These purple flowers are actually dumplings
1. Marugame Monzo329 E 1st St, Los Angeles
2. Tsurumaru Udon Honpo333 S Alameda St, Los Angeles
3. Sanuki No Sato18206 S Western Ave, Gardena
4. Daichan11288 Ventura Blvd, Studio City
5. Kotohira Restaurant1747 W Redondo Beach Blvd, Gardena
6. Ichimi Ann Bamboo Garden1618 Cravens Ave, Torrance
7. KINJIRO424 E 2nd St, Los Angeles
8. Yuko Kitchen5484 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
9. Yabu Restaurant11820 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles
10. Oumi Sasaya2383 Lomita Blvd, Lomita
11. Wat Dong Moon Lek Noodle4356 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles
Unsurprisingly right in the heart of our tiny little version of Tokyo, Monzo is a dimly lit udon spot with a sorta-showmanship twist: an open kitchen with a dude making the noodles right in front of you, all day, every day. Unless he's on break, or tired, or whatever.
Droppin' broth like it's hot ('cause it is) at the mall in Little Tokyo, Tsurumaru Udon's a thoroughly legit Japanese-import noodleria serving big bowls of those slippery, delicious pups assembly-line style.
One of the best spots in the South Bay, Sanuki No Sato's yukinabe udon comes with grated daikon and mentaiko (marinated cod roe), all mixed in with perfectly thick noodle-dom.
This strip mall challenges everything we believed with THREE spots that are more than just tolerable -- in fact they're seriously good. But for home-made japanese food and awesome poke bowls, go to Daichan. The self proclaimed "Japanese soul food" includes menu items like Hawaiian ginger chicken and house-made cucumber miso.
This place kills the udon game, with group meals so you and all your friends can enjoy takuan and potato salad for free.
This Torrance spot has the udon answer to a hot LA day: cold kakiage udon. With tons of toppings, because duh.
This Little Tokyo spot is ready to stuff you with delicious noodles. Between the squid ink udon and the uni udon with hijiki seaweed, you cannot go wrong.
At this Mid-Wilshire spot you can get cold tofu udon for those hot LA days, and the sesame sauce kicks its udon up, like, a billion notches. The mint lemonade is also on point.
This West LA spot has a killer selection of udon for all your noodle needs. Try the tanuki udon, with tempura batter clusters, scallions, and fish cake.
This spot has some of the best udon in LA. Get the shrimp and mochi tempura udon. Mochi tempura, you guys. Mochi. Tempura.
Yes, the hipster vibe at this neighborhood joint is unmistakable, but don't expect any poser Thai food here. What you'll find is things for the slightly more adventurous Thai eater, like deep-fried crispy taro and a rambutan/shrimp salad tossed in a creamy coconut-lime dressing.