Culinary travel in the West

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We've combed the West for the very best flavor experiences, all worthy of a culinary pilgrimage

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Graze on Japanese bar food in L.A.’s Little Tokyo
Photo by Andrea Gómez Romero

Graze on Japanese bar food in L.A.’s Little Tokyo

It’s official: Izakaya is the new sushi. The small-plates Japanese cuisine popping up all over is casual, big-group sharable, and easy on the wallet. Started back in 1700s Japan as cheap sake bars for workmen, it’s now a tapas-style craze organized by food type (veggies, meat, rice), or cooking method (grilled, fried, or simmered). Grab a group of friends and head to Little Tokyo, L.A.’s izakaya central.

  • Aburiya Toranoko: We love the homemade tofu with uni (sea urchin), and arugula and heirloom-tomato salad with mackerel sashimi.
  • Honda-Ya: Japanese eggplant with sweet miso and yakitori is the specialty here.
  • Haru Ulala (213/620-0977): Try the slow-braised black pork belly (kakuni) and the classic okonimiyaki pancake with squid, pork, and other surprises in every bite.
  • Raku Plus (213/625-1751): The Korean-influenced menu pairs tuna carpaccio with kimchi, but also has Euro fusion twists like prosciutto with eggplant.

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