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  • 10509 Valley View St.
    Cypress, CA 90630
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    A warm, inviting bistro in a forgettable mini-mall in Cypress, Café Hiro is an oasis of Japanese cooking in a desert of chain restaurants. The menu features...

  • 14215 Red Hill Ave.
    Tustin, CA 92780
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    Okinawa native Mayumi Vargas has singlehandedly taken on the mission of representing her home's distinct food culture, rescuing it from being a mere footnote on...

  • 3033 Bristol St.
    Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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    Hakata Ikkousha is a Japanese restaurant in Costa Mesa. There, a TV plays a video of the founder talking about the strict quality controls at his growing ramen...

  • 665 Paularino Ave.
    Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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    Despite its chain ownership, Hokkaido Santouka Ramen's soup is stately, with cooks offering ramen from different regions: Tokyo (heavy with soy sauce, with a...

  • 556 El Camino Real
    Tustin, CA 92780
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    Slip off your shoes and sit cross-legged in the tatami room for that authentic Richard Chamberlain-in-Shogun experience, even if your legs lose circulation...

  • 3915 Portola Parkway
    Irvine, CA 92602
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    Jinbei is a Japanese restaurant in Irvine. As good as the bentos are, and as tempting as the imported Japanese cuts of sashimi and nigiri look, Jinbei’s...

  • 17292 McFadden Ave., Ste. B
    Tustin, CA 92780
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    Small though it is, Kappo Suzumaru is really two restaurants-a fast-paced sushi bar with comforting (California) and confounding (fermented soy bean?) rolls, and...

  • 891 Baker Ave.
    Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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    Kitakata Ramen Ban Nai is a Japanese restaurant in Costa Mesa. It makes great noodles, perhaps the best of the entire bunch. The strands here are particularly...

  • 184 S. Harbor Blvd.
    Anaheim, CA 92805
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    PokiNometry is a Japanese restaurant in Anaheim. As with Pieology and so many others these days, PokiNometry is built on the Chipotle model. To order here is to...

  • 654 El Camino Real
    Tustin, CA 92780
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    Tanakaya is a Japanese restaurant in Tustin. It's the first spot in OC to specialize in soba noodles, the less-appreciated buckwheat cousins of ramen. Soba comes...

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