Macksan's Cafe - Closed

712 E. Balboa Ave.
Balboa, CA 92661


  • $$
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
The only purely Japanese restaurant on the peninsula, it's nothing along the lines of Kappo Suzumaru or any of Takashi Abe's outposts-but don't think the owners have watered down their cuisine for gaijins, either. Here exist robust udons-five of them-ranging from a simple su to a tempura udon in which fried meets scalding in a union of fatty heaven. Forget cereal, and instead try a true breakfast bowl: oyakodon, egg, chicken and green onions mixed, then placed over rice (they also sell one made with katsu). It seems like such a simple dish, but this version is worthy of being hawked at a Tokyo train station.

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  • [Hole in the Wall] Bowled Over on Balboa at Macksan's Cafe
    Thursday, February 19, 2009 at 3 p.m.

    Who’s the Macksan’s?Bawdy Balboa: What happened to you? I haven’t visited in years, and you’ve changed quite a bit—for the worse. Your many USC flags seem worn, your sidewalks barren, the mom-and-pop bu...

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