What you’re getting: Tonkotsu ramen
Daikokuya is perhaps LA’s most beloved ramen shop — there’s a line outside the nondescript Little Tokyo door most times of most days. Neophyte competitors have come in and made LA a ramen town, but this OG stands tall, thanks to a slow-cooked tonkotsu broth that somehow still manages to be silky rather than over-rich, and a rustic, traditional feel that transports you to Japan from the moment your name is called and you sit down at the ramen bar, feeling the steamy heat and getting ready to open your mouth — and your veins — to classic, salty goodness. – Thrillist
What you’re getting: Tsukemen
This LA institution consistently takes top honors in local polls for its housemade curly noodles and an exciting atmosphere that splits the difference between welcoming and exclusive. It’s open until midnight, but expect a wait, made much more pleasant by a BYOB patio and neighboring Asian outposts hawking snacks like chicken lollipops. The move is the tsukemen, a bowl of fresh noodles accompanied by a concentrated dose of broth that will make your eyes roll back in your head. – Thrillist
Spoonful Restaurant (Los Angeles, CA)
What you’re getting: Southern poutine
A native Georgian serves a spread comprised of top-notch eats from a variety of Southern states: everything from catfish, blackened Cajun-style to She-crab soup. LA-friendly eats (as in, they’re healthy) lighten the menu, too, with plates of spaghetti squash and pan-seared snapper.