Owner Nick Thanasith heads up the kitchen and offers up a number of Japanese standards like yakitori, customizable ramen, and yakisoba. Alongside these are an assortment of steamed buns with different fillings. Think pillowy-bread bao taco. And, unlike traditional izakayas, there is an impressive lineup of craft beer, much of it local. Bingo!

IPA Night at Local Habit

The entrance and interior of Local Habit has a vintage quality, seemingly entrenched in Hillcrest for many years, and yet the restaurant is less than three years young. Enter, open the menu, check the draft board at the bar. You’ll soon find that there is more here than meets the eye for the contemporary brew scene lover.