What's happening with Little Tokyo's real estate?
Brigham Yen has a great op-ed on what's happening with the real estate situation in Little Tokyo and how it's affecting the essential "Japanese" flavor of the neighborhood. With some of the longtime restaurants in danger of losing their rents to greedy landlords, the local stakeholders feel that many of the developers aren't consulting their needs before making transactions.
Apparently it's difficult to find Brazilian-style falafel called acaraje in Los Angeles. But tucked away in a Culver City strip mall is a catering company called Sabor de Bahia, which LA Weekly says serves these falafel for lunch on a takeaway menu. Sliced in half, it's filled with shrimp, okra, ground cashew, spices, and coconut milk before being served.
It's time for tantanmen
The Goldster does a mini-review on Little Tokyo's newest Anzutei ramen, which exhibits a clear Nagoya style in its bowls. With a heavy influence from Taiwan, the regional style from Japan's third largest city has a great shoyu ramen and an even better tantanmen on display at the Downtown ramenya.
Skip the trip to the 626 with a meal at Little Sister
LAist checks out Little Sister at their newest Downtown location. The blog-style review, which includes photos of lamb curry and ma la beef tartare, shows that the food is compelling enough that anyone buried in Downtown can get a taste of the 626 right here.
Can you resist?
This simple pizza from 800 degrees from today's specials has perfect curled pepperoni, bacon, and cherry tomatoes. And it costs just $5.