It's hard for me to say much about teriyaki places. I've only eaten at Yoshinoya
once, the big teri bowl chain and that was because someone brought it for us at work. They are headquartered in Torrance which has a major Japanese population. Ditto for Flame Broiler, the other smaller chain. I eat quite a bit of Japanese food in places like Honda Ya
and Kappo Honda
and I've never seen a 'teriyaki bowl'. From my understanding, Teriyaki in Japan is not that common and what we know as teriyaki here has been filtered through Hawaii until it was a much sweeter sauce that you find at places like Rascal's
. There teriyaki burgers and bowls have the sweeter, Hawaiian sauce on them that is superb. Rascal's Teriyaki Grill is one of the few that actually make their own sauce. So I think that's where the problem lies. So many dishes like teriyaki have been transformed somewhat by the time they become popular for the mainstream Americans that dishes like teriyaki in areas not heavily populated by Japanese use the same bottled sauce. Here's an article
in 'Serious Eats' about the different sauces, pointing out 'Japanese style vs. American style'. Most places use bottled sauces, very few make their own.
So where's this leave us? I think Seattle and LA are both out. I give the award for teriyaki to Honolulu!
post edited by EdSails - 2014/09/12 12:57:02