The Top 5 Dishes in Little Tokyo

Go beyond sushi and ramen

Sambal Tasting at Kasih in Little Tokyo
Sambal Tasting at Kasih | Photo by Joshua Lurie

Back when people started settling Little Tokyo in 1885, the very first business was a restaurant called Kame. Immigration from Japan to work in agriculture, and mass relocation from San Francisco following the legendary 1906 earthquake, led to the largest Japanese-American community in the U.S., which grew to 35,000 people by 1942. A dark period in U.S. history forced Japanese-Americans to live in internment centers during World War II. The neighborhood’s history shows that it wasn’t until the 1970s that Japanese-Americans managed to institute a Little Tokyo revival (including food) that still continues to thrive and diversify. Discover five of the neighborhood’s best dishes.

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