Echo Park Japanese restaurant collage

Echo Park -- There's no shortage of coffee houses, pizzerias and vegan-friendly cafes across the neighborhood.

But, without much fanfare, Echo Park has also become a small but up-and-coming hot spot for Japanese cuisine. 

The open and soon-to-open places along or just off Sunset Boulevard range from a take-out ramen shop and a sake bar to a restaurant featuring build-your-own-bento-box meals.  

Perhaps the most celebrated of these Japanese eateries is Konbi, a tiny, Japanese-style sandwich shop that was named America's Best New Restaurant by Bon Appetit magazine.

Here's a rundown of the neighborhood's Japanese restaurants:

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