The Los Angeles sushi scene has a storied history. Besides being the first city in the United States to serve the ancient Japanese cuisine, LA is the birthplace of one of the most popular sushi rolls in the world: the california roll. Perhaps one of the best restaurants in Los Angeles to try this classic, avocado-centric creation is the Zagat-rated sushi house Mori Sushi, which imports its sustainably caught fish straight from Japan and sources its short-grain rice from local growers. Staples like the california roll aren’t the only draw to LA’s still-thriving sushi culture, though. From the innovative vegan rolls at Shojin in the downtown area to the tapas-style izakaya dishes at Itacho Japanese Restaurant in Fairfax, there’s no shortage of adventurous, out-of-the-bento-box approaches to this time-honored cuisine.

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