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Karayama Japanese Fried Chicken (New) - Little Tokyo

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A NEW Japanese Fried Chicken  place just opened in Little Tokyo at Central Ave and 2nd St. (Next door to Starbucks)
Karayama Japanese Fried Chicken from Japan, opened their  1st US location in Los Angeles.
Grand Opening Friday, August 17, 2018

LOTS to choose from on the menu.
See What Jay Eats...
Known for their Karaage Chicken, I had to check it out for myself. (I saw they had wings)
The chicken is marinated in their  secret sauce and dusted in potato starch to give that crispy crunch.

Special Karayama Sauces
Goku-Dare Sauce (Left) Extreme Umami  Garlic Sesame
Shio-Goku-Dare Sauce (Right) Extreme Umami Sweet & Salty
There are 4 other seasonings  to choose from also...
I loved the Goku-Dare Sauce, garlic sesame flavor.

Karayama Set $8.99
With 4 pieces of their signature  kara-age chicken and shredded  cabbage, rice and miso soup. Comes with choice of two sauces.

Goku-Dare Fried Chicken Sandwich Set $9.99
With a crispy fried chicken thigh served on Japanese white bread with lettuce, shredded cabbage,  and garlic sesame …

South City Fried Chicken (New) - Downtown LA

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Walk this way...

to Corporation Food Hall in Downtown Los Angeles
for some South City Fried Chicken



If you’ve never been to Corporation Food Hall, it’s like a mini Grand Central Market.

I got to sample some of  South City’s menu items.
They have 8 fried chicken sandwiches, ranging in Heat level.

Just look for the “Hot Juicy” Chicken and you’re at the right place!

Owner Joshua Kopel (The Colonel) building a Louisville sample.

“Louisville”
A mini version of their full size sandwich, with pepper jelly, bourbon barrel aged green hot and poblano butter on a buttermilk biscuit.

More food, more love!

Anyone for chicken littles?

Another Executive Chef, Sammy Monsour, delicious creation, the mini version.

Lots of fried chicken fans!

Memphis Juke Joint Fries
with Memphis rib rub, house smoked chicken bacon, turbodog brown aged cheese sauce, shaved jalapeño and cilantro.
Loved the chicken bacon!

Watermelon Cucumber Salad
with lime, mint, macadamia nuts, cilantro, Thai basil, coconut and olive oil.

You don’t have to visit Hawaii f…

Filipino Pop-up (New) - Mari Los Angeles

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Having grown up near Historic  Filipinotown, the Echo Park area  of Los Angeles, I’m somewhat  familiar with Filipino food.
BUT there weren’t any places to get Filipino food back then. So, I had to get invited to my Filipino friends’ family parties. (did I say that out loud?)
These days, there are many venues one can find Filipino dishes, both fast casual and sit down establishments.
What about modern or elevated Filipino food?
AND on the Westside  of Los Angeles?

Photo Courtesy of Kristie Hang Mari Los Angeles
in Century City has a Modern Filipino Inspired  Pop-up this Summer!
Located in Mari’s outdoor patio at the InterContinential

Where’s That?


In the shadow of Nakatomi Plaza, lies the InterContinential Los Angeles in Century City.
If you’re a Die Hard fan, then you’d recognize this building.
If not, it’s the Fox Plaza building, adjacent to the Fox studio lot.

Happy 30th Birthday, Nakatomi Plaza!

Now back to the food...
“KAIN” in Tagalog means to “Eat”
So let’s Eat!

Photo Courtesy of Kristie Hang
Chef Brian Bellicourt  …

Hatch Yakitori + Bar (New) - “Black Omakase”

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I’ve walked by this place  a few times before for their opening.
Hatch Yakitori + Bar at The Bloc in Downtown LA.

Well, today’s the day I get to sit down and sample the menu!
I started with the Coconut Matcha, which was refreshing on a warm evening.

You can sit inside, but tonight was a warm summer  evening and we decided to dine alfresco.

The view above from the outside tables.
Hard to believe that the Aon Building  was once the tallest building this side of the Mississippi River at one time. (From 1973 to 1989)

See What Jay Eats... at this modern yakitori

Miso Pork Spare Ribs 
Miso caramel, slow cooked pork ribs, spice blend and green onions.

Soboro Rice
Marinated ground chicken  and quail egg yolk over rice.

What’s a Yakitori place  without having Yakitori?
Yup, we had a lot...

What’s a chicken place with eggs?
OK, these aren’t chicken eggs... BUT, they were still good.

You can’t come to Hatch without having the Chicken Meatball stick.

Dip the meatball in the sous vide yolk  and tamari sauce.

You place the empty sti…