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Tenjinbashi, Tenma

Neko no Jikan Kita-honten - Cat cafe [ Open 11am-9pm (Sun, Mon -7pm) daily. ]
Maybe it was just a matter of the time of day we were there, but "Time for Cats" seems like one of the sleepiest cat cafes we've ever visited. Main activities here seem to be a) napping, and b)...
Doll Dress - Beer bar [ Open noon-11:30pm (LO). Closed Thursdays. ]
Perhaps worth a stop if you're in the neighborhood, this oddly decorated, under-the-tracks bar stocks around 200 Belgian beers. As with any small bar with a large stock, it doesn't hurt to check...
Standing Beer Bar 1020 - Beer bar [ Open 4-11:30pm (LO) daily. ]
Located in a mini-shopping arcade just off a main shopping arcade in busy Tenma, this tiny standing bar has room for around six or seven customers at a time. The six taps represent Japanese craft...
Tsukada Nojo - Japanese regional [ Open 5pm-midnight (Sat, Sun 3pm-) daily. ]
First-rate Miyazaki chicken dishes, regional Kyushu fare and local shochu brands are the specialties at this reasonably priced, unpretentious Miyazaki-based izakaya chain. Budget around Y3000-4000...
Beer Belly Tenma - Beer bar [ Open 3pm-midnight daily. ]
Fourteen taps, including four hand pumps, all dispense beers from Osaka's Minoh Brewery at this spacious company-run taproom. The food menu is decent, with a wide range of tapas dishes. It's...

Minami Morimachi

Fukuro no Mise - Bird cafe [ Open noon-8pm. Closed Mondays. ]
If you're looking for an alternative to the usual cat cafe, Fukuro no Mise ("The Owl Shop") lets you hang out and interact with the shop's two dozen resident owls. Admission is Y1000 for a 50-minute...
Kyubei - Sushi [ Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9:30pm daily. ]
A branch of the long-established, highly regarded sushi shop in Ginza that invented gunkan-maki (sushi wrapped in nori strips, "battleship" style). Set menus at dinnertime are priced Y6,825-24,150....
Umenohana - Tofu [ Open 11am-3, 5-9pm (LO) daily. ]
Excellent home-made tofu is the core of the menu here, with tofu-centered set meals at various price levels (Y4000-10,000).

Tennoji

Bruno - Curry [ Open 10am-9:30pm daily. ]
This branch of the beloved Umeda-based curry shop is located in the basement of the Abeno Harkiss complex, and offers a smaller selection of curries than the main branch. Beef tongue is a favorite...
Rikyu - Japanese regional [ Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily. ]
Good charcoal-grilled beef tongue from this Sendai-based chain. You'll also find beef-tongue curries, stews, sausages and other yoshoku-style dishes, along with regional sake from Miyagi Prefecture. ...
Lezzet - Beer bar [ Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Wednesdays. ]
The fifteen craft beers on tap here are divided into "low-refrigerated beers" and "high-refrigerated beers," including a few US imports. The bar itself is nicely decorated and quite large, with...

Universal Studios

Aen Table - Japanese [ Open 11am-4, 5-11pm daily. ]
A healthy Japanese buffet is the unusual concept here - all you can eat of seasonal hors appetizers and side dishes, salads and original desserts, plus rice and miso soup. Y1800 before 5pm, Y2500...
Bubba Gump Shrimp - American [ Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily. ]
Okay, so it's a silly theme restaurant based on a movie, but it certainly fits in with the overall experience at Universal Studios. The food isn't bad, they have unusual cocktails, and if you don't...
Hard Rock Cafe - Burgers [ Open 10am-10pm daily. ]
Loud music, souvenir t-shirts, and some pretty good hamburgers at this ubiquitous international tourist stop.
Kushiya Monogatari - Kushiage [ Open 11am-11pm daily. ]
This popular shop lets you cook your own kushiage skewers in a deep-fryer right at your table. It's all you can eat, including various side dishes and a big variety of skewered tidbits. Y2625 per...

Osakako

Naniwa Kuishinbo Yokocho - Retail [ Open 10am-8pm daily. ]
While it doesn't demand a special trip across town on its own, this mini-food theme park is worth a stop if you're off to the nearby aquarium or Suntory Museum. Eighteen quaint little shops sell...

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