I was asked by Melting Wok (a blog that used to be in the blogosphere) to list my top 5 faves as part of a thing going around the blogosphere called "save my faves".
If I understand the rules correctly, you are supposed to list 5 of your favorite mom & pop places to give them a little boost in business and recognition. I'm not sure my choices are exactly "mom & pop", but they are my favorite and within 5 miles of where I live....so here goes.
Momofukutei in Ikeda (one station away from our place). I've previously posted about them here and here. Named after the inventor of Cup Noodle, the late Momofuku Ando, this little restaurant is a great place for lunch or dinner.
Another noodle place near our place is Hanamichi. I love their tomato miso ramen. Lots of lycopene and collagen from the soup. I've posted about this place, here. In fact, I just had this the other day.
MOS Burger. This is a burger place that you can find around Japan and is definitely not "mom & pop". MOS stands for mountain, ocean, sun and boasts fresh veggies and ingredients used.
There is even a list of which farms they got their veggies from that day and everything is made to order. I usually eat their roast katsu burger (pork loin cutlet). I love this sandwich because they put lots of shredded cabbage. In summer, I also look forward to their naan taco--Naan (Indian flatbread) with taco meat, cheese, lettuce, tomato and spicy salsa sauce on top. There used to be a shop in Waikiki, but they have since closed down.
Abientot. I've posted about this place here, here & here. I love their breads and sandwiches and try to stop by anytime I go to Makiochi (two stations away from our place).
And for dessert, Korakudo. This little sweet shop has interesting mochi (rice cakes), like their nama choco daifuku (rice cake with ganache inside).
I've posted about this place here and here.
Whew! that was a lot of food. Thanks Melting Wok for this thought provoking list-up. It was sure hard to narrow my choices down to 5, but it was fun!
What's your 5 favorite places to eat?
UPDATE: Momofukutei is now Ippudo and Hanamichi no longer serves the tomato miso ramen.