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Tsujita, L.A.'s Best Ramen, Expanding To Glendale's Americana Mall

Negi Tonkotsu Ramen at Tsujita. (Photo by T.Tseng via the Creative Commons on Flickr)
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Tsujita, hailed by many as L.A.'s best ramen, has announced plans to open a location at Glendale's Americana at Brand. Tsujita, a branch of Japan's Nidaime Tsujita, opened their first location on Sawtelle Boulevard in summer 2011. According to Jonathan Gold, Nidaime Tsujita is "considered one of the best [ramen places] in Tokyo." Since 2011, they've spawned a small but powerful Sawtelle empire, with two other restaurants (Tsujita Annex and Sushi Tsujita) steps away from their O.G. outpost. The Glendale location will be the Vogue-endorsed ramen spot's first L.A. foray east of the 405.

The Americana at Brand—a lifestyle concept/outdoor mega mall courtesy of uber-real estate developer Rick Caruso, who also brought you the Grove—already has a number of serious food options, including James Beard award-winning Chef Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak, a Katsuya, and, of course, their famed outpost of Arcadia dim sum-giant Din Tai Fung. Last month, Caruso also announced the opening of five new curated eateries including Eggslut, Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop, Mainland Poke, Philz Coffee and Shake Shack across the street from the Americana.

According to The Real Deal, Tsujita has signed a lease for almost 2,500 square feet of space at the Americana, and Eater LA reports that they hope to open sometime in the fall.