Sushi Duke owner Sanji is a beloved member of the South Bay community just as much for his warmth and commitment to hospitality as for his incredible sushi creations. Patrons swear the secret to his unrivaled flavors is his signature sauces that remove any need for soy sauce, ginger, or wasabi on the rolls. The intimate setting including a tiny four-seat sushi bar allows for personalized service and an inviting, non-intimidating atmosphere despite its cultural authenticity and culinary superiority.
320 S Catalina Ave, RB. 310-374-6929. www.sushidukehb.com
Runner-up: Peter, Bistro Miyoda Ramen House, 15915 S Western Ave, Gardena. 310-538-9790.