the best noodles in LA 

LA might be the best ramen city outside of Asia, and like 72% of the evidence for this is Tsujita.

Just a few years ago Tsujita was a cult favorite spot at the corner of Sawtelle and Mississippi for tsukemen (dipping noodles). If you knew, you knew. They blasted one ethnic…rhythmic…instrumental song on repeat. The smells of the fishy, porky broth permeated the space. There was usually a wait during peak dinner hours, but otherwise not bad. Their alkaline noodles, served with a wedge of lime, was addicting enough to attract even Japanese visitors on occasion.

Today, Tsujita is a franchise slowly taking over Sawtelle. There’s Tsujita Annex (my preferred Tsujita), which has the same addicting noodles but a more pork based dipping broth. No lime, but I like their chili oil. There’s Killer Noodle, which specializes in dan dan style spicy ramen. There’s an outpost in Glendale called “The Tsujita” which for some bizarre reason has it’s own website. Ok well actually, the brand touch points are just all over the place lmao. There’s “Tsujita Central Kitchen” in Fairfax for to-go orders. A $$$ Sushi Tsujita, continuing their expansion up Sawtelle. And, perhaps most impressively, a location in Tokyo. Today, Tsujita is thoroughly mainstream, with satellite foodies flocking in on the weekends, forming a constant crowd along the sidewalks, and inspiring the Annex to put up a separate waiting area outside with heaters. What used to be mostly Asian now sees diverse faces, as well as a bunch of Asian tourists too.

All of this is to say that Tsujita is one of LA’s must-eat restaurants, and should be on everyone’s shortlist. It’s a celebrated franchise that we’re proud, if annoyed, to share with the world.

the details

AddressSawtelle2057 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025 – the Sawtelle Tsujitas are all within a block of each other
Glendale: 889 Americana Way, Glendale, CA 91210
Fairfax (pick up only): 109 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
YelpTsujita LA | Tsujita Annex | The Tsujita | Killer Noodle | Sushi Tsujita
  • The OG Tsujita has the best hours, 11am to 2am every day
  • Tsujita Annex: 11am to 12am every day
  • The Tsujita: 11am to 11pm every day
  • Killer Noodle: 11am to 11pm every day
  • Sushi Tsujita: lunch 11:30-2:30p, dinner 6-9p every day
COVID Hours: 11am – 10pm, available for take out, pick up and delivery (via Postmates, Doordash and Grubhub), indoor and outdoor dining available and the lines are back
Price$$ – the most basic tsukemen starts at around $13, ramen options also start around $12
Aestheticsimple, generic, Japanese-ish. Except Killer Noodle, which is like, very red. 
the original tsujita
the annex across the street
the one in glendale
the spicy one
chewy alkaline noodles
extremely rich dipping soup

good to know

Go here for: a classic LA foodie rite of passage, oh and the best noodles ever

Order this: tsukemen aka dipping noodles. I could seriously eat those noodles plain, that’s how good they are. Oh, and do yourself a favor and add an egg. 

Amount of time to spend: between parking, waiting and eating… probably 2 hours to be safe?

When to come: for an early weekday lunch, early weekday dinner, or at a random time in the afternoon. Avoid Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at all costs, though dinner times suck in general. 

Parking: is the worst in Sawtelle. During peak dining hours it’s near impossible to snag a meter on Sawtelle. The neighboring residential streets have over the years tightened restrictions, so there are few available within appropriate walking distance. Try finding street parking on the Beloit side of Sawtelle. Glendale location is at the Americana, but they don’t validate. 

Other things to note: 

  • The Annex has a Yelp Waitlist, so if you do plan on getting dinner there, get in line about an hour early. I used to get in line while still at home, and leisurely drive over, find parking etc.
  • The Fairfax…thing… is take out only. They also have delivery, but don’t recommend getting ramen delivered, it’s never as good.
  • Kitchens usually close 30 min before their closing time.
  • Most locations should have some sort of vegetarian option, but double check to make sure, and know that even if there is something, you’re options will be limited.

Last visited: February 2022

Last updated: May 2022

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