Porto's Bakery is a family owned bakery and sandwich shop that extremely popular with locals and tourists alike. Don't let the long lines phase you, they move quickly and the service is friendly and fast. There is a wide selection of bakery items, including breads, cookies, cakes and any pastries you can dream of. There are also amazing sandwiches, both traditional Californian and Cuban sandwiches. Everything is moderately priced and delicious!
Locals trek to Coral Cafe day and night for the wide selection of inexpensive food. Open 24 hours, it is the perfect for lunch or stopping by after a night at the bars or clubs. The simple layout and sparse decorations may not add to the ambiance, but it creates a mom-and-pop feel. Make sure to order the tortilla soup, topped with a mound of cheese, it's simply one of the best soups in the city. Coral Cafe also has a great breakfast menu.
Since 1918, this place has been serving some of the best French dip sandwiches in the world. That seems logical because it was Philippe, The Original who claims to have invented the juicy concoction over 100 years ago. Besides the tender and succulent meat, the prices haven't changed much since either; a roast beef, pork, turkey, ham or leg of lamb sandwich will satiate your palate and leave your pocket without a dent! Want a cup of coffee? Head here for a steaming cup that will leave you feeling energized for the day.
This small restaurant is a popular local spot and is known for perhaps the best breakfast burritos in California. Corner Cottage has a wide variety of Californian dishes, including chicken bowls, bacon breakfast burritos, cheeseburgers, and more. Make sure you try some of their salsa as well! Not only is the food amazing, the prices are easy on your wallet. Although well-known, this restaurant is tiny and most people take their food to-go.
Step through the old fashioned swinging saloon doors and be amazed at how this bar truly captures the southwestern dive bar atmosphere. With sawdust on the floor, bull horns on the wall, plus a pool table and jukebox, Tinhorn Flats Saloon & Grill has an iconic western flair. Opened in 1939, this bar looks so perfectly southwestern it's often used as a filming location for commercials and TV shows. Stop by for a drink and enjoy a game on one of their several large TVs. They also have a great menu with terrific burgers.
Though the name of this restaurant is quite a mouthful, its philosophy is simple: good food and live entertainment. With all the ultra-trendy bars in L.A. for people under 40, it's good to find one where all ages are welcome, including those of the older set. Affordable appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, salads, and soups round out the menu at Joe's, but the real reason folks keep coming back for more is the live music every night. You won't hear some obscure punk band coming out of the speakers. Blues, Rockabilly, Country, Jazz, Swing, karaoke, and classic Rock and Roll are featured every day of the week through great local artists and bands, so be sure to make use of the smooth wooden dance floor.
Kushi Shabu is known for their all you can eat Shabu-Shabu, although the restaurant does offer a limited selection of a la carte options as well. A Shabu-Shabu meal essentially consists of a communal pot of broth and a selection of thinly sliced raw meats, vegetables and noodles that are meant to cooked in the boiling broth at the table itself. The meal is accompanied by a variety of homemade sauces and an unlimited dessert selection as well. With friendly and attentive service, delicious food and reasonable prices, Kushi Shabu is a great choice for those days when your appetite knows no bounds.
The Truckit Fest LA Art Walk is held on the second Thursday of every month from 6:30p to 11:30p within a parking lot near the intersection of 3rd and South Spring Streets. The fest is a part of larger DTLA Art Walk and draws in thousands of visitors every month. With live music, craft stalls and games alongside the usual Truckit Fest gourmet food trucks, the Truckit Fest LA Artwalk has come to be a monthly ritual for many. Some of the regular food trucks include street kitchen, the Lobos, Currywurst, Kabob Express, Me So Hungry and Belly Bombz.
Mr Ramen has been serving filling and flavorful bowls of noodles at low prices to eager patrons for many years. The eatery lets you choose from a broad variety of ingredients and protein options, including pork and seafood, so you can customize your ramen dish to your particular craving. There is also a generous vegetarian section on the menu and a few savory appetizers, including curries and gyozas. The decor is plain and fancy-free, so it's all about the noodles.
Kula Revolving Sushi Bar stands out from the manifold sushi restaurants dotting Little Tokyo due to its unique concept. Here, after paying a set price, guests can pick and choose food from a conveyor belt that is constantly revolving. Items not placed on the belt can be ordered separately. Patrons can savor dishes such as Tuna Yukke, Crunch Roll, Salmon Skin Hand Roll, Spicy Scallop Hand Roll, Red Crab Roll, Salmon Belly and Red Snapper Sushi. With its inexpensive prices, this is more of a fast food joint with contemporary sushi recipes than a fine dining sushi establishment.
If you find yourself in Little Tokyo with a hankering for some delicious Japanese fare, then head on down to Mitsuru Cafe. The restaurant is a casual little eatery that is far removed from the upscale sushi bars that can be found throughout the city. The fluffy and delicious Imagawayaki are by far their most popular treats; prepared fresh by the window, these red bean filled girddle cakes are truly a delicacy and can be enjoyed on the go. Apart from sushi and sashimi, the restaurant also serves a selection of other Japanese dishes including octopus filled takoyaki, Mitarashi Dango or Mochi balls, Pork Shu Mai, Okonomiyaki and a variety of skewers. Breakfast is served all day.
Teishokuya Of Tokyo is a casual Japanese restaurant that offers diners a selection of traditional Japanese dishes. The menu draws inspiration from throughout Japan and is composed of a variety of dishes, including sushi, sashimi, udon, soba noodle dishes, entrées, salads and more. Some popular favorites include the donburi, the avocado and tuna bowl, and the miso soup. The restaurant also offers an impressive selection of saki, Japanese beer and soju as perfect complements to your meal.