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  1. Openings
    Tsujita Finally Debuts, Ramen Still to ComeThis Sawtelle newcomer just might rearrange the current ramen standings in L.A.
  2. The Other Critics
    Virbila Praises M.B. Post; Gold Claims IOTA Coffee Is Perfect for Teenage GirlsIn other news, The L.A. Times plans to run a restaurant review every other week now. Shouldn’t a big city paper probably have a weekly review?
  3. Mediavore
    More Chefs Slag Off Cooking School; The Benefits of Saturated FatBoth Time and The L.A. Times want you to save your money on lessons and get started with a job already.
  4. Chef Shuffles
    Pink Taco Scores a Matsuhisa VetVernon cardenas taps into his Japanese and Mexican heritage for pork belly tacos with sake and soy sauce.
  5. Trimmings
    Tsujita Almost Ready to Wreck L.A.’s Ramen StandingsA ceiling involves 25,000 wooden sticks in homage to Japan’s Izumo-Taishi shrine.
  6. Empire Building
    Daikokuya Owners Opening Yakiniku Restaurant in DowntownThe Japanese grilling concept plans an opening this fall in Little Tokyo.
  7. Look Who’s Popping Up
    Harajuku’s Patisserie Marion Crepes Pops-Up In Mitsuwa Mar VistaThe Japanese crepe empire will only be here for eleven days before heading east.
  8. Neighborhood Watch
    Brandon Boudet Buys Tom Bergin’s; Robata Jinya Landing in West L.A.Fortunately, the iconic Irish bar is getting a touch-up, but the well-loved decor is staying put.
  9. A New Raku?
    Raku Under New Ownership in West L.A.The restaurant is bracing for possible change in six months, following news of a new ownership.
  10. The Great Outdoors
    Chaya Brings Back Its Al Fresco Beer GardenIt comes with bacon and date and beef tongue skewers for two bucks. And then there’s the booze!
  11. L.A. Diet
    Chef Mary Sue Milliken Drinks ‘Exorbitant’ Amounts of Darjeeling,“I like the second flush, muscatel-tasting Darjeeling. I can’t wait to go there.”
  12. Foodievents
    What to Eat at Katana’s Red Sun BBQ, Back This SundayJapanese lobster rolls, an al fresco setting, and albacore cannoli draw in a flashy crowd every Sunday through labor day.
  13. Strip Search
    Strip Search: Mitsuwa Mar Vista for Breakfast, Lunch, and DinnerWhere to buy a Japanese smart-toilet, skewered pork belly, Samurai epics, whole sculpin, discount uni, a plush Mario doll, Japanese pastries, and arguably the town’s best bowl of ramen under one roof.
  14. The Other Critics
    Virbila Gets The Specials at Aburiya Toranoko; L.A. Weekly ExaminesThe L.A. Times goes crazy for Downtown’s all-encompassing izakaya, while Jonathan Gold deals with Nathan McCall.
  15. Food Events
    1886 and Rokyo Truck Team Up at BreadBar’s Hatchi Truck StopRokyo Truck plans two types of tempura eggs, which we suddenly want to eat a dozen of right now.
  16. Closings
    After 40 Years, Sawtelle Is Losing Safe and Save MarketThe mom and pop store will leave Little Osaka, taking a sterling spread of seafood with it.
  17. Blehtacular
    Sushi Nomenclature Reaching a New Low on SunsetIs a restaurant named Soy Sauce Roll really going to appeal to anyone?
  18. Openings
    Coffee Tomo Brings Hand-Dripped Mud and Homemade Pretzels to SawtelleAlready the coffee creations here look to be on a different level of artistry from Intelligentsia.
  19. Coming Soon
    Gottsui Bringing Okonomiyaki to SawtelleThe forthcoming shop is likely an import from the Japanese chain of the same name.
  20. The Other Critics
    Gold Meets The Noodle Guy; Merrill Shindler Chooses Chun ChonThe L.A. Weekly critic also takes a first bite at Ray’s and declares Morningstar the current market menu master.
  21. Strip Search
    Strip Search: Santa Monica Blvd. & Federal Ave., West L.A.Where to get inexpensive, dedicated sushi, homey Thai, and the Westside’s best Vietnamese restaurant won Santa Monica Blvd.
  22. Empire Building
    Hokkaido Seafood Buffet Expanding to West L.A.The all you can eat sushi and Japanese cuisine buffet will come closer to its central L.A. fans.
  23. Video Feeds
    Takami’s Staff Has a Screaming Good Time in Their First ShortAnd in the process, they teach you exactly what is being yelled when you enter a sushi restaurant.
  24. The Other Critics
    Jonathan Gold Opts for Robata Jinya’s Ramen; Ecco’s Pizzas Please S. IreneStrangely, it’s not the robata that wows L.A.’s number-one critic at Robata Jinya.
  25. Slideshow
    What You Missed at Sashi Sushi’s Hanami FestivalGuests enjoyed okonomiyaki, Kobe kalbi tempura, and octopus balls in support of The Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation.
  26. Slideshow
    First Look at Niki Nakayama’s N/Naka, Opening Soon in PalmsThe artistic sushi maker is only offering her beautiful omakase once a long soft-opening period comes to its end.
  27. Health Concerns
    Sasabune’s Chef Sounds Off on Cali’s Coming Sushi Situation“Fish is very sensitive…when you eat something with radiation the people get sick,” Nobi Kushuhara says.
  28. Street Eats
    Japanese Octopi Balls Hit Centinela In A Street CartThe owners hope that someday takoyaki could be the next sushi.
  29. Strip Search
    Strip Search: Little Osaka, West L.A.Great cheap eats options for sushi, yakitori, Japanese curry, and groceries in West L.A.
  30. Openings
    Santa Monica’s Fukui Sushi Makes Way for Something Pretty SimilarSushi Sapporo opens in a Santa Monica space that once housed a similar restaurant.
  31. Empire Building
    Marukai Market Coming to Bundy and PicoTrader Joe’s probably has nothing to fear, but Mitsuwa might not be as lucky.
  32. The Gold Watch
    J. Gold Predicts L.A.’s Newest Japanese FetishUni-topped tofu at Aburiya Toranoko might become the most in-demand bite in Downtown L.A.
  33. Truckin’
    Jogasaki Introduces Sushi Burritos to the StreetWe’re not sure if it’s Mexican food fans or sushi obsessives being targeted in this odd new food truck.
  34. Strip Search
    Strip Search: 4500 Block of South CentinelaWhere to get authentic Mexican seafood, inexpensive goat tacos, and sushi specials on the southern end of this Westside street.
  35. Openings
    Aburiya Toranoko Opens Tonight in Little TokyoFrom the name and massive Japanese menu to the graffiti on the walls, Michael Cardenas’ follow-up to Lazy Ox sounds really really cool.
  36. Parking Lot Prospector
    Bukkake Noodles at O-Udon; Bun Noodles and Birria Unite at XoiaO.C. Weekly does Japanese in Fountain Valley, while the Echo Park fusion introduces a new Mexican-Asian dish.
  37. Strip Search
    Strip Search: Washington Blvd. To Washington PlaceWhere to find cheap eats when traveling from western Culver City to Mar Vista.
  38. Mediavore
    How To Keep Kosher While Getting Sloshed; Mochi Master Mikawaya Opens New PlantL’Chaim makes kosher vodka, tequila, and rum while the Japanese-American dessert originator has new digs.
  39. Reopenings
    First Look at Chaya’s New MenusSushi with mole meets a steak and ale pot pie that appears to have wandered off of Waterloo & City’s menu.
  40. Slideshow
    First Look at Glaze Teriyaki Grill, Opening in Midtown ImminentlyA Seattle native wants his hometown craze to catch on in New York.
  41. Coming Soon
    Former Tengu Chef Plans His Own Place, Shunji on MelroseSeafood will be the specialty here of chef Shunji Nakao.
  42. Openings
    Cocoron to Serve ‘Heartwarming’ Noodles on the LESThe soba shop is ready to open as soon as ConEd turns on the gas.
  43. Blehtacular
    Banana and Asparagus Cupcakes and Sugar Snap Profiteroles With Sushi Anyone?Shikibu’s brown rice sushi and organic vegetable desserts form one of the more original concepts to hit the city in a while.
  44. Coming Soon
    Japan’s Nidaime Tsujita Bringing Ramen, Smiles, and Satisfaction To West L.A.The business has a poetic plan for Little Osaka.
  45. Openings
    Sushi Stop Opens on Sawtelle, Sells EVERYthing for $2.50This is why we miss the original Sasabune on the great West L.A. eating street.
  46. Openings
    Jinya Opens on 3rd Street TomorrowThis could be the second of many for the Japanese empire.
  47. The Other Critics
    Craft Casts A Spell on S. Irene Virbila; Gold Talks Taco Town at TingaGold also drops a walloping rumor about Guelaguetza’s future in Palms.
  48. Mediavore
    Food Donations Discouraged on Skid Row; Wolfgang Puck Recalls Grandma’s CakeBusiness owners and residents complain about trash, fights, and illness, while the celeb chef was pout to sleep from overeating.
  49. Look Who’s Popping Up
    Zaslavsky and Za-Zen Pop-Up at BreadBar Third Street Next WeekTwo respected chefs will explore their passions at the restaurant that kicked this trend off.
  50. Slideshow
    First Look at Akariba, Zenkichi’s New Oyster and Sake BarSpecializing in the “deadly combo” of Kumamotos and sake cocktails.
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