It’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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Tiffany Tse is a freelance writer for Thrillist, and thinks there’s no shame in wanting a pair of drumstick chopsticks. Keep up with her on Instagram at @twinksy and Twitter at @twinksy.