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Los Angeles's Sawtelle Boulevard

In Los Angeles, Sawtelle Boulevard is where to go for spectacular soba, Korean short-rib sausages, pristine sushi and more.

Soba Sojibo

On a street of ramen parlors, this is the sole specialist in soba (handmade buckwheat noodles), served either cold or in a dense bonito broth. 2006 Sawtelle Blvd.; 310-479-1200.

Seoul Sausage Co.

The Season 3 winners of The Great Food Truck Race grill up delicious Korean short-rib sausages with kimchi. 11313 Mississippi Ave.; seoulsausage.com.

Tsujita L.A.

You will wait, but you will be rewarded with what is probably the best ramen in the United States at the moment, in the pork-intensive tonkotsu style. There’s also a great version of tsukemen, or dip ramen, with the reduced broth served as a dipping sauce on the side. 2057 Sawtelle Blvd.; tsujita-la.com.

Kiriko

Ken Namba is one of L.A.’s best sushi chefs, almost Astaire-like in his nonchalance. He gets creative with items like smoked Copper River salmon sushi with fresh mango. 11301 W. Olympic Blvd. #102; kirikosushi.com.

GR2, on Los Angeles's Sawtelle Boulevard
Photo © Rick Poon

Giant Robot

No discussion of Sawtelle would be complete without mention of Giant Robot, which sells Japanese toys, T-shirts and comics, and its sister store and gallery, GR2. 2015 Sawtelle Blvd.; giantrobot.com.

Style Stop: GR2 (left) helped to popularize Japanese pop art in the US.

Published May 2013
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