West Los Angeles: August 3rd @ Sawtelle and Olympic for delicious food.
posted July 23, 2014 7:04 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sun August 3 at 5:00 PM, Tsujita Annex Ramen
2050 Sawtelle Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, USA (Map & Directions)
So, over in the August August meetup thread, we've reached a consensus about meeting up at Sawtelle and Olympic in West LA for delicious Japanese cuisine on August 3rd. Let's plan it.

Update! Let's meet outside Tsujita Annex at 5pm on Sunday! If we have too many for Tsujita/Tsujita Annex, we can evolve from there.
Update #2! I mistyped '5' instead of '3.' Meetup is intended to be on Sunday, August 3rd. Updating now!
Update #3! It's been one of those weeks. 5pm, not 8pm. Apparently that's where the 5 in the date came from, heh. Cue nervous chuckle.
There is a great little strip of mostly-Japanese restaurants along Sawtelle between Olympic and Santa Monica. Highlights in my mind include Shinsengumi, a really great ramen joint; Tsujita and Tsujita Annex for traditional Japanese and ramen respectively; Tofu ya for diner-y ambiance with delicious korean food; and ROC, which I think is good dumplings but I could be wrong since it's been a while. Also multiple instances of Sushi Stop, which is hard to beat on the price/performance curve for sushi.

There's also Giant Robot, Black Market, and a bunch of other shops, plus a good coffee shop and shaved ice. It's pretty delicious, is what I'm getting at.

So, meetups. Dinner? It'll be a zoo, but many options. Mid-afternoon? Less reason to eat, but probably less busy. Thoughts?
posted by Alterscape to Meetup (32 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Oh gosh yessss. I vote for an early dinner (5pm? That's when I'm normally hungry after a big Sunday brunch).
posted by samthemander at 12:01 AM on July 24, 2014

I really hope I can make this meetup, as I live super close by, and all those places you mention are so great!

Not sure if Tsujita would accommodate a large group, though. Also, in addition to Japanese cuisine, there's Plan Check, which I love and which is definitely group-friendly, and Clusi Batusi, which is an interesting pizza place.
posted by estherbester at 12:31 AM on July 24, 2014

I'd love to try Tsujita, but I'm up for anything there. I went to Mitsuwa last night and stocked up on ramen so Plan Check sounds good, too. And that wooshing sound is my money flying out of my wallet and into the Giant Robot till.

Oh, and an earlier dinner or lunch is just fine for me.
posted by Room 641-A at 7:23 AM on July 24, 2014

I'm up for whatever, though I am obsessing on learning ramen lately so new examples of that would be nice.
posted by Celsius1414 at 8:19 AM on July 24, 2014

This place sounds promising for ramen as well.
posted by chicainthecity at 11:07 PM on July 24, 2014 [1 favorite]

Tatsu is indeed tasty (but then again, I like All The Food). It has a sometimes busy group table that could accommodate shifting numbers.
posted by samthemander at 7:29 PM on July 25, 2014

If it's later (like later afternoon) I'm really hoping to be there. Lunch I can't make.
posted by persona au gratin at 2:13 AM on July 27, 2014 [1 favorite]

I just called Tatsu and they have one table for 10, but no rezzies. (Just kidding. No reservations.)

Tsujita has booths of six, the annex only has one table that can fit four or five, but more places at the bar. The Annex suggested if it's more than four or five we go across to Tsujita because they're equally busy. No reservations either.

I'm really up for whatever place and time will accomodate the most people. Alterscape, since we have the date should we make this permanent? I'm not sure if that alerts more people or anything.

I'm so excited for ramen!
posted by Room 641-A at 3:29 PM on July 27, 2014 [1 favorite]

Well, if we miraculously grow to 5+, we could always head to shinsengumi..
posted by Alterscape at 8:08 PM on July 28, 2014

Just to confirm, we're meeting at 5 PM, not 8 PM?
posted by bswinburn at 9:24 PM on July 29, 2014

Unfortunately something has come up Sunday night. Maybe I'll see you at the Little Ethopia shindig.
posted by persona au gratin at 1:07 AM on July 30, 2014

Does anyone know if the Tsujita Annex accepts credit cards? The regular Tsujita doesn't, so I advise bringing cash just in case (there are a few ATMs nearby, though).
posted by estherbester at 12:53 PM on July 30, 2014

Thanks for the head's up!
posted by Celsius1414 at 2:12 PM on July 30, 2014

Celsius1414, your miracle came through! Too bad you didn't ask for more miracles. :(
posted by Room 641-A at 3:10 PM on July 30, 2014

Sorry for all the updates. Last week or two have been very intense in a variety of dimensions. I swear 5pm on the 3rd is the real deal, though.
posted by Alterscape at 9:50 PM on July 30, 2014

Also estherbester's right -- Tsujita Annex is cash-only.
posted by Alterscape at 5:47 AM on July 31, 2014

in town visiting, might stop by
posted by twist my arm at 7:54 PM on July 31, 2014 [2 favorites]

Oh, cool! I live just a few blocks from there. I just might have to join in and FINALLY make it to a MeFi meetup :)
posted by starscream at 9:25 AM on August 1, 2014 [2 favorites]

Yay, please do come by both of you. :D
posted by Celsius1414 at 2:36 PM on August 1, 2014 [1 favorite]

One sleep until ramen!!
posted by Room 641-A at 9:45 PM on August 2, 2014

I'm heading out!
posted by Room 641-A at 4:29 PM on August 3, 2014

Four of us are here!
posted by Room 641-A at 5:05 PM on August 3, 2014

I came in and was told to go across the street, which is locked.

I'm wearing a black tee shirt, navy shorts and a light blue jacket.
posted by brujita at 5:10 PM on August 3, 2014

We are out front of Tsujita - 2050 Sawtelle.
posted by Celsius1414 at 5:12 PM on August 3, 2014

Seven of us are walking to Asahi Ramen, which is just north and across the street
posted by Alterscape at 5:16 PM on August 3, 2014

2027 Sawtelle
posted by Celsius1414 at 5:28 PM on August 3, 2014

Are people still out and about? I ended up working today :(
posted by starscream at 7:46 PM on August 3, 2014

dear LA mefites, logging in from my own bed to say it was really nice meeting y'all! thanks again Alterscape for setting this up, updates and all. A++, would meetup again.
posted by twist my arm at 5:42 AM on August 4, 2014 [2 favorites]

Good to meet all the new (to me) folks and thanks to Alterscape for coordination duties.

twist my arm -- glad to hear you made it home half a country away! :D
posted by Celsius1414 at 7:04 AM on August 4, 2014 [3 favorites]

Yes, it was great to meet everyone!
posted by estherbester at 9:20 AM on August 4, 2014 [2 favorites]

Per our conversation across the street, here's Jonathan Gold's review of Flores and the Ladies' Gunboat Society.
posted by Celsius1414 at 8:11 PM on August 8, 2014 [1 favorite]

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