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LA Yakitori Recs

greenxoai | | Oct 12, 2006 10:09 PM

After scouring past posts, it seemed like board fave Nanbankan would satisfy my serious yakiniku craving. Then I checked out "the delicious life's" pics: Don't get me wrong, the pics are gorgeous and the food looks delicious...but is that a tablecloth I see? White platters? Sushi?

I'm looking for a place more like Yakitori Taisho on St. Marks Place in NYC, described by New York Magazine as "a cramped, dingy subterranean space lined with tin foil, old calendars, and smoke stains..." oh, and "...the food rocks, too." That place was awesome- the delicious food was well worth the hour-long wait and harried service.

So, is there a great yakiniku place that's cheap, delicious & not at all fancy? Or do I have it wrong about Nanbankan being too fancy-pants for our sensibilities (and budget)? Or do I have it right, but it’s still worth it given the alternatives?

I've tracked down some info for other recs mentioned on the board:

Nanban-kan Restaurant
11330 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Manpuku Tokyo BBQ
2125 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025-6249View Map

1935 Pacific Coast Highway
Lomita CA, 90717
310.326.0829 (in Japanese


11301 W Olympic Blvd Ste 101 (on Sawtelle)
Los Angeles, CA 90064

360 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012


PS This title should really read "LA Yakiniku Recs" not "LA Yakitori Recs," since we're looking to chow on more than just chicken. I don't think I can change it now, though!

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