If you like Japanese food and would like a little change from sushi, check out a Yakitori restaurant.
Downtown Koshiji is a choice example, as is Terried in W. L.A. Both are great, though I'm not sure if the latter is open for lunch, whereas Koshiji is (for you downtown workers/adventurers).
Basically Yakitori is Japanese BBQ - where you can choose from a wide variety of food, cooked for the most part on skewers. There are set menues or you can order a-la-carte (most skewers are $1-3).
These aren't huge kabobs - smaller - which allows diners (in my opinion) to try a wider variety of fare. My date & I probably each ordered 8 or so, including beef, pork, chicken, seafood and veggies (marinated mushrooms, eggplant, corn, etc). Most skewers have multiple pieces of whatever you selected, so it's easy to share.
For example, rather than offering just one or two chicken choices, you can order wings, strips, heart, gizzard, livers, skin, etc. The latter choices might make some cringe (as did I), but they turned out to be quite tasty.
I love these places because you can can experience 10 or 20 different "tastes" in one setting. At most restaurants you might ponder the menue, wondering if you should order the fish or the steak or the pork or the chicken etc. At a Yakitori place you can order a dish of each, for probably the same price as a single entree at a regular joint.
Sorry if this post sounds more like Yakitori 101 than a food review, but I'm sure many people haven't tried this style of restaurant. And, quite frankly, everything was good.
KOSHIJI (Weller Court)
Menu Style: Yakitori
Alcohol: Beer, Sake, Wine
Address: 123 S. Onizuka St., #203, Los Angeles, CA 90012
11:30am to 2pm (Mon-Sat)
5:30pm to 9:30pm (Mon-Fri), 5:30pm to 10pm (Sat)