Suehiro – Little Tokyo

Stepping into Suehiro Cafe is like traveling back in time to when Little Tokyo was a little sleepier, when the massive crowds outside of Daikokuya and Marugame didn’t exist. An old-time cafe, Suehiro offers traditional Japanese home cooking at a no frills price. While the wait outside of Daikokuya and Marugame slowly grew, we had no problems walking into Suehiro Cafe and getting a table for lunch on the weekend.

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I’ve wanted to come to here ever since I had read Jonathan Gold’s recommendation in the LA Weekly several years ago. He had described it as a “Japanese dive,” which conjured images of a dark, cramped and dirty space. To my relief, the restaurant was light, spacious, and more importantly, clean.

My husband and I both chose entrees that came with miso soup.

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Miso Soup

I couldn’t resist the siren song of katsu – in my case, a pork cutlet topped with eggs and onions over rice, pure comfort food. The cutlet had soaked up too much oil and wasn’t as good as the one that I get from Sanuki Sandou.

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Katsu Don

My husband and daughter made better choices than I did. My husband’s yakisoba was surprisingly tasty, a vast improvement over the flavorless yakisoba from Feast from the East, one of the best I’ve ever tasted.

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Miso Ramen

When my daughter took her first bite of her ramen, she said, “Yum.” This coming from someone who eats ramen constantly and is pretty picky about her ramen. I tried it, and she was right. The broth had a good flavor and not quite as salty as some of the ramen broths out there.

During the week, Suehiro offers lunch specials for $5.25. Yes, you read that correctly – $5.25. Who knew such a bargain could still exist? This even reflects a recent price hike at the beginning of this year.

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The next time you find yourself in Little Tokyo and hungry, do yourself a favor and avoid the wait. Walk past Daikokuya and Marugame and enter Suehiro Cafe for some Japanese comfort food at a decent price.

Location – 337 E 1st St, Los Angeles, 90012
Website – https://suehirocafe.wordpress.com
Kid-Friendly – Yes
Kid’s Menu – Yes
Pesco-Vegetarian Friendly – Yes
Vegetarian/Vegan Friendly – Yes
Gluten-Free Options – Yes

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