The Little Tokyo Café


The Little Tokyo Café is a small, family run restaurant that is located on N. San Pedro St. Its owner, Mitsuko Minohara, is a second generation Japanese immigrant whose mother began the restaurant in the late 20’s. Mitsuko works alongside her husband, youngest son, sister-in-law and her mother’s friend Yumi-san. Despite having changed locations three times, the café’s ownership and staff has remained within the family. The restaurant offers a traditional Japanese style menu including such dishes as katsu, udon, and unagi. However, their most famous dish is a combination of charsiu and shumai. The secret family recipe goes back to Mitsuko’s uncle and although it has undergone some changes, the basis of the recipe remains the same. Despite the difficulties that other stores and restaurants on 2nd street have faced, the Little Tokyo Café continues to thrive.

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