422 E. 2nd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012 | Map
For traditional, no frills sushi and sashimi, Sushi-Gen in Little Tokyoís Honda Plaza is one of the best in Los Angeles. Iíve been going to Sushi-Gen for more than 30 years and the place remains amazing. The fish is always the freshest around and literally glistens at the sushi bar.
If you want fancy rolls and modern style sushi, this is not the place for you. If you want incredibly fresh fish from a traditional Japanese sushi bar you cannot go to a better place. Definitely sit at the sushi bar, rather than the tables if you really want to enjoy the sushi.
If you have not been to Honda Plaza, it has its own parking lot and a few other interesting restaurants, including Kagaya -- my favorite, but expensive, shabu shabu restaurant. The only negative to Sushi-Gen is the likely wait to get in. Itís one of the more popular lunch venues in downtown L.A. and unless you are there by 11:30 a.m. expect to wait.