Korean BBQ Hot Dogs, Soup Dumplings & Shaved Ice Cream: Sawtelle Japantown for Foodies

Los Angeles, CA

  • Xiao Long Bao ready for vinegar and ginger.
  • Behold, the katsu!
  • Your 25 layer katsu awaits at Kimukatsu.
  • The Spicy Pork Sausage. Incredible.
  • Sea salt vanilla base, graham cracker, strawberry puree and salted caramel brittle.
  • Excellent coffee
  • Freshly baked soft pretzel.
  • Fried chicken.
  • Xiao Long Bao soup dumplings sitting in their steamer.
  • Gently dab the soup dumpling into the vinegar.
  • A spoonful of maple bacon donut bread stuffing.

3 hours
0.3 mi
Guided by Ian
Ian Donahue


There is no denser collection of outstanding dining houses in LA than the stretch of Sawtelle Blvd between Olympic and La Grange Ave. On this 7-stop foodie tour, we explore the best of Sawtelle Japantown / Little Osaka including 25-layer katsu cutlets, Korean BBQ hot dogs, Shanghai soup dumplings, fried chicken and bread stuffing. The goal is to try a little of everything, so bring your grazing appetite and aim to share with a friend! Whether you live a block away or an ocean away, we'll guide you to the tastiest treats and hidden gems.

About Your Guide

I am the head of product at a VR company, but in my free time, you can find me hiking to the Hollywood sign, ordering craft cocktails downtown, biking on the boardwalk in Santa Monica, and sampling bulgogi in Koreatown.

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Guide Points

  1. Kimukatsu

    Hiding in a strip mall is Kimukatsu, Japan's most famous pork cutlet restaurant. The cutlet is made by layering 25 razor-thin cuts of pork…

  2. Seoul Sausage Co

    We shift gears to Korean BBQ fusion hot dogs. The Seoul Sausage Co started out as a food truck (the founders actually won season 3 of _Foo…

  3. Blockheads Shavery

    Ready for the first dessert of our walk? The Blockheads makes Taiwanese-style shaved ice cream. It's exactly how it sounds. A block of i…

  4. Coffee Tomo

    Let's cleanse our palate a little with a cup of coffee. And a pretzel. Yep. That's what we brings us to Coffee Tomo.

  5. Flores & Sons

    We come for an item that is only served during lunch time (11:30am - 2:30pm) and happy hour (4:30 - 6:30pm), so if it is too late in the ev…

  6. ROC

    Chef Perry Cheung started ROC (stands for _Republic of China_) after working his way up to Executive Sous Chef at the San Francisco institu…

  7. B Sweet Dessert Bar

    If you weren't full before, you will be after B Sweet. Thankfully, our second dessert of the day is also the final stop on our foodie tour…

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