Cash is the only accepted form of payment at Asahi Ramen, which is known for its cheap prices and large portions of food. The decor is basic, with a few framed pieces of art, and short rows of small wooden tables. There are several ramen options, as well as soupless noodles like yakisoba. Simple rice dishes and appetizers like gyoza and boiled spinach, round out the menu.
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Illustration by Patricia Lanquedoc For years I thought the only place to get authentic Japanese food in L.A. was in Gardena, or maybe on the third floor of Little Tokyo’s Yaohan Plaza. The food snob in me lived to drive at lea...