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This order-at-the-counter izakaya located inside of Swan's Market has improved on almost everything we loved about the original B-Dama. The setting is even more low-key and accessible. The prices are just as affordable. And the food is more soulful and audacious than ever. Creative touches abound: The agedashi tomato gives cherry tomatoes the deep-fried, dashi-broth-soaked treatment usually reserved for tofu. Pork misozuke applies cottage cheese to binchotan-grilled pork belly served Korean-style, with lettuce leaves for wrapping. In the end, however, what B-Dama does best is Japanese comfort food: mounds of impossibly tender beef tendon stew, big bowls of piping-hot udon soup, and generous platters of lightly battered chicken karaage.

— Luke Tsai

Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Mon.–Thu. 5–9:30 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 5-10 p.m.


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