It’s located a few blocks northeast of the Japantown mall, within Super Mira Market, which sells Japanese groceries and some prepared foods like take-out sushi. The coffee crunch is their most famous, but the lemon crunch and chocolate crunch cake are great too.
The Kabuki Theater often brings me to Japantown and they sell Humphrey Slocumbe ice cream on the second floor (and chocolate covered gummi bears). Wine and beer too. Before a film a few months back, I had surprisingly decent conveyer belt sushi at Tenroku Sushi in the Japantown mall. For beer and wine beforehand, Fat Angel a few blocks south is the place to go-- the draft selection is small, but curated with obscure and delicious finds.
An okonomiyaki at Izumiya, I think it’s called the “modern yaki,” mixes noodles in the Japanese pancake. Heavy, and full of mayo, but has its merits!
San Wang has good hand-pulled noodles if you’re in the mood for Chinese food.
Benkyodo’s hours are 8-5pm, and closed Sunday so I don’t get there often for the mochi. They were founded in 1906, and survived both the WWII internments and the later redevelopment of the area. Do any other food businesses in Japantown pre-date the 1960s?