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Where to find the definitive list of must-eats (cheap eats) for Tokyo?

Luther | Dec 23, 2009 11:58 AM

I am sure this is a FAQ but as there is no sticky FAQ post, I didn't know how to find the answer.

If I am staying in Tokyo for about 5 days and I don't know any Japanese, is there a guide/list/blog/post that will tell me what are the absolutely life-changing, must-eat experiences? To be more specific, I am from Boston and I am not interested in any kind of fine dining. I am most interested in food that would be described as "cheap ethnic eats." Quintessentially Japanese food would be best- no need for Western or Chinese-style food.

Is there any kind of universally respected guidebook (in English) that covers all the basic elements, and serves as an educational starting point, such as Singapore's Makansutra?

Thanks for any info or clues.

EDIT: Any comprehensive websites that have reviews/photos/maps for food establishments would be great. I'm thinking something like Yelp for the USA or OpenRice for Hong Kong.

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