Fellow ex-San Diegans will know what I'm talking about! From my experience while attending college down there, little shops like Chopstix, Niban, Ichiban, etc, were really popular for cheap, delicious food. I miss those places a lot, they really hit the spot especially with a peach iced tea to wash it all down. Not exactly gourmet or authentic but totally crave-able curries, rolls, noodles, rice bowls, and all that great stuff. Fast, cheap, delectable.
I'm sure there are similar places in LA, I just don't know where! Little Tokyo is a little far for me, if there's anything you love in the central or west LA area, enlighten me please!