The little Japanese sandwich shop that opened last year on Sunset Boulevard has been dubbed America's Best New Restaurant by Bon Appetit magazine. Konbi began attracting attention even before it opened, and since then has been praised by Food & Wine magazine and the L.A. Times. Like other critics before her, Julia Kramer noted the care and research the chefs put into their creations, saying there's "a palpable intensity to their level of study." She also described the process of buying a chocolate croissant as "Kafkaesque," but called it the best she'd ever eaten.
Echo Park -- The shop is perhaps 12-feet wide and there's room for only 10 customers at the counter. Welcome to Konbi, the Japanese-style sandwich shop wedged between a gas station and a raw vegan cheesecake bakery and gift shop.
Despite its diminutive size, Konbi has gone on to win widespread praise from restaurant critics and foodies, who line up for crustless sandwiches, salads and pastries.