A popular Little Tokyo ramen shop, Daikokuya is known for its delicious, hearty Japanese dishes—and its ever-present line, composed of its many local fans. Make sure your entire party is present when you put your name down for a table, and kill the hour-plus wait time by taking a stroll through the neighborhood.
Regulars strongly recommend the gyoza, the spicy miso ramen, and the daikoku ramen. Don’t be afraid to order the rich, hearty kotteri broth. The noodles here are said to be perfectly cooked, and the broth is flavorful and filling. Have your noodles prepared the way you like them and add additional toppings, such as bean sprouts, egg, nori, and chashu pork. If you don’t like ramen or just want something different, try the salmon sashimi bowl, the beef bowl, the teriyaki eel bowl, or the shredded pork bowl.
Parking nearby can be hard to find, but the quick service makes up for any extra time spent in the car.