On the Westside, there’s no better place after midnight than Daikokuya, a longtime ramenya that’s become a cozy mainstay for locals in recent years. Inside the tiny Sawtelle outpost (which stays open the latest), whose interior resembles a lantern-lit Tokyo alleyway, late-night diners slurp up bowls of flavorful, porky tonkotsu broth and Chijire-style egg noodles. Fans of accouterments can amp it up with kotteri-style: boiled egg, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts and green onions, or go big with a ramen combo adding rice bowls topped with eel, pork cutlets or tuna. If you’re not particularly hungry, the appetizers and standalone rice bowls make for a filling, affordable evening snack.
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