Yoshinoya has been serving beef bowls for a long time. And I mean a looooooong time. The first spot opened in Japan in 1899.
Since then, they’ve opened more than 1400 locations around the world with dozens of them right here in Los Angeles.
In spite of a pedigree in serving signature Asian dishes, your neighborhood beef bowl joint has gone to college and graduated. The degree? A master’s in fast-casual dining with a new menu and swank interior to match.
The new version is called Asiana Grill Yoshinoya.
Asiana Grill follows the step-by-step ordering process that will be familiar to fans of Subway and Chipotle. Guests pick a style – in this case a platter, soup, salad, or sandwich – and then layer that with a protein and a sauce.
The Big Platter is the best of just about everything with plenty of meat (or tofu if you want an alternative) accompanied with rice, grilled veggies, and salad. Prices range from around $6 to $9 depending on the protein selection.
The next best thing on the menu is made just for drinking: their flavored water. Made with fresh ingredients, the lychee+lemongrass and the cucumber+lemongrass are positively puckering. A regular size is about $2 while the large cup of this liquid refreshments runs just twenty cents more. Go big!
Yoshinoya purists shouldn’t fret over the new menu. The beef bowl is still there.
Two locations are open in the Los Angeles area, one near the campus of USC in downtown Los Angeles and the other near Cal State Fullerton in northern Orange County.
- Asiana Grill Yoshinoya
- 3021 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 749-3196 * FREE Wi-Fi at this location
10:30 AM – 12:00 AM, Sunday – Thursday
10:30 AM – 1:00 AM, Friday and Saturday
- 450 N State College Blvd
Fullerton, CA 92831
10:30 AM – 10:00 PM, Monday – Sunday