Sawtelle is now saturated with ramen spots, boding well for Soba Sojibo's seizure of the former Orris space at the end of the month, with its fine-spun, hairline noodles of buckwheat flour, made daily and served ice-shocked, cold, and slippery with sides like seaweed and funky-fresh natto. The Japanese chain opened its first U.S. outpost in Torrance earlier this year, quickly gaining a glow from Squid Ink's Garret Snyder, who described it as "carb heaven." The West L.A. location is currently staffing up for an opening sometime around November 30, adding another dependable noodle-nexus to Little Osaka. 2006 Sawtelle Blvd. West L.A..
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