Food & Drink

The Underground Guide to LA's Little Osaka

Published On 10/01/2014 Published On 10/01/2014
Sushi Tsujita
B Sweet Dessert Bar
Max Karaoke
Tiffany Tse
Blockheads Shavery
Sushi Tsujita
SEOUL SAUSAGE CO.
MJ Cafe Express
Tiffany Tse
Gottsui
Kula Revolving Sushi Bar
Tiffany Tse
Tiffany Tse
Giant Robot
Tiffany Tse
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1. B Sweet Dessert Bar 2005 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025 (West La)

This bread pudding shop has a rotation of flavors like coffee cake crumble, horchata, and circus animal cookie. If you need more reasons to go into a sugar coma, they’ve got salted caramel cookies, donut ice cream sammies, and good, old-fashioned coffee to wash it all down.

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2. Max Karaoke Studio 2130 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025 (West La)

This karaoke studio with private rooms doesn’t serve alcohol, but thankfully you’re allowed to BYOB and BYOF for a $1/person surcharge.

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3. Blockheads Shavery 11311 Mississippi Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90025 (West La)

Blockheads Shavery is a cash-only Taiwanese shaved ice spot with massive weekend lines, because it's "healthier" than frozen yogurt or ice cream... which is why you're gonna want to top it with Oreo cookies, house-made rice cakes, and condensed milk.

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4. Sushi Tsujita 2057 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025 (West La)

The people behind ramen powerhouses Tsujita and Tsujita Annex bring you Sushi Tsujita, which focuses on top-caliber sashimi that tastes just-caught fresh. Go here if you’ve got money to burn or a date to impress, since the omakase-style menu can set you back $120.

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5. Seoul Sausage Company 11313 Mississippi Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90025 (West La)

If there's one thing Seoul is known for, it's living in constant fear their neighbors to the North are going to bomb the s**t out of them. If there's another, it's sausages -- or at least, that's what Seoul Sausage Company'd lead you to believe. The company is a labor of love to the founders, brothers Yong and Ted Kim, who bring a spin on Korean BBQ that won them the title of Food Network's 3rd The Great Food Truck Race.

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6. MJ Cafe Express 11307 Mississippi Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90025 (West La)

This boba shops scores points for its vast menu. In addition to caramel pudding milk slushies and guava tea, they serve up tasty Taiwanese cafe food like sausage and minced pork rice, macaron ice cream sandwiches, and chewy/crispy mochi waffles.

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7. Gottsui 2119 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025 (West La)

At Gottsui they take a bunch of cabbage, chop in your choice of ingredients (seafood, bacon, seafood & bacon, etc), fry it up all mashed together with eggs, and then top it with EVEN MORE ingredients and a ton of sauces. And it's fantastic.

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8. Kula Revolving Sushi Bar 2130 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025 (West La)

When you want no-frills, decently priced sashimi and rolls, Kula’s your best bet. The revolving sushi restaurant usually has a wait time, but you can write down your name and check out the next-door Daiso to kill time.

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9. The Ladies' Gunboat Society at Flores 2024 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025 (West La)

Modern Southern comfort food can be pretty tasty, especially when served up by the Ladies’ Gunboat Society. The permanent pop-up, run by one of the guys behind The Hart + The Hunter, operates in the Flores restaurant space and specializes in chicken fried rabbit and a pea/rice/bacon dish dubbed Hoppin’ John.

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10. Kushikatsu Tanaka 2004 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025 (West La)

t’s tough improving on bacon and spam, but Kushikatsu does it by sticking them on skewers, dipping them in batter/panko crumbs, and frying them to a golden crisp. More traditional items, like shrimp and beef, get the same treatment. Food-on-a-stick not your thing? Order the L.A. Men, a taco/ramen hybrid with ground sausage, tortilla chips, salsa, and noodles in a tomato miso-based soup.

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