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Torihei – Torrance, CA

After a rather impressive showing at Kokekokko sent me into full blown yakitori hysteria, I found myself at Torihei just a few nights later for more skewered meats. The South Bay in general is a hotbed for Japanese food that certainly rivals both Little Tokyo and Little Osaka (Sawtelle) in Los Angeles.
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Kokekokko – Los Angeles, CA

If you let Yelp tell it, the only people who enjoy Kokekokko are regulars. How can you tell a regular? To start, they are served on special black plates that are purported to be from Japan and often have the customer's name engraved on them. Next, these VIP's have access to a "secret" menu with items that are unavailable to first-timers and those yet to leave a lasting impression.
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Shin Sen Gumi Yakitori – Gardena, CA

In addition to their top notch ramen, SSG also excels in yakitori which can be found at four of their seven Southern California locations. The original, in Gardena, is regarded by many as one of the top places to chow down on the charcoal-grilled skewers of meat (and a handful of veggies, although those are usually best when wrapped in pork belly).
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