A pitch for Japanese convenience store sandwiches in Echo Park

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The Pork katsu at Konbi features a spiky panko crust. Photo credit: Mariah Tauger/Los Angeles Times

LA Times restaurant critic Patricia Escarcega recommends you stop by Konbi in Echo Park this week for Japanese eggplant and pork katsu sandwiches. “Konbi’s food may evoke something you’d find at a 7-Eleven in Shibuya,” Escarcega writes in her review, “but you’d never confuse the complexity of flavors for anything resembling convenience.” The 10-seat cafe is owned by Akira Akuto and Nick Montgomery, and accepts credit and debit cards only.



Evan Kleiman