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Kush, A Japanese Skewer and Sake Joint in Echo Park

Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

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Yes, it sounds like a majijuana dispensary, and it probably wouldn't hurt to come here after a few puffs, but Kush, a new eatery from Silver Lake Ramen's Jitaek Lim, is a slick new kushiyaki spot in the old Cortez space in Echo Park. So, getting past the name, the nearly week old restaurant just steps from Dodger Stadium is offering a swell menu of chicken, beef and veggie skewers to go along with a tasteful collection of izakaya-style small plates.

The beef tongue topped with fines herbes and served on a salt rock slab, or the blue cheese-and-chicken breast skewers should indicate that this isn't your average yakitori spot. Also, the squid pasta made with slivered raw squid topped with uni is a nice light dish before moving onto the skewers. Throw in some nice sake and beer selections (hot sake served on tap), and you have a nice place to chomp on some meat on sticks before heading to the Dodger game. Open daily from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.
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