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 (Photograph: Jakob N. Layman)
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Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
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Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
 (Photograph: Jakob N. Layman)
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Gyoza at Daikokuya

This buzzy Little Tokyo spot—with four locations in Los Angeles with a devoted following—is a ramen mecca. A wrap-around counter faces the open kitchen, providing a social atmosphere to dig into piping hot bowls of flavorful (porky) broth and chewy noodles—we love the specialty Daikoku Ramen ($8.50). Chijire-style egg noodles—served in varying firmness—sit in a rich tonkotsu soup and is topped with slices of kurobuta pork belly—pork fans can amp it up with fatty kotteri-style—boiled egg, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts and green onions. Add an order of pan-fried pork gyoza ($5.95) or crispy tonkatsu (pork cutlet) ($6.50) to make the line worthwhile. 


Venue name: Daikokuya
Address: 327 E 1st St
Los Angeles
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 11am-midnight; Fri, Sat 11-1am, Sun 11am-11pm
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For being right on the strip & in the heart of things, their sunset boulevard location has an excellent vibe and really makes you feel like you're in a cozy and hip tucked away spot. It's well decorated in cool Japanese signage and overall pretty comfortable and welcoming. The gyoza appetizer was crispy and delicious - definitely something I would recommend. Overall everything was priced very reasonably and lots of things on the menu looked worthwhile. My girlfriend and I tried the signature daikokuya ramen as well as the spicy miso ramen. It was very good and we left satisfied. The broth didn't taste as rich and flavorful as something like the Tonkotsu at Jinya, but the pork was incredibly tender and falling apart (in a good way)