In addition to looking the "LA sushi joint" part with its windowless strip mall location and line out the front door, this long-standing Little Tokyo restaurant never disappoints with some of the freshest fish in town. A lineup of serious sushi chefs slice up no-frills nigiri and sashimi, plus lunch and dinner combo options—including Salmon Teriyaki, Freshwater Eel, and a variety of tempuras—are always a great deal.
How to book: Walk-ins only.
One of the many great quirks about this city is the best food can sometimes be found in an unassuming strip mall. Example: Sushi Gen. Located across the street from an Office Depot, this restaurant creates simple sushi with quality ingredients. They have some of the butteriest fresh salmon and tuna that will melt in your mouth. Do not sleep on the sashimi deluxe which comes with cuts of tuna, yellowtail, salmon, toro, squid, and various chopped fish all for $40 or almost half the price of a parking ticket.
How to order: Call 213-617-0552 for takeout.