Izakaya is the Japanese version of bar food, replacing burgers, fries, and wings with ramen noodles, tempura, and yakitori. This style of food has been spreading to the states in recent years and is one of the more popular trends in asian food. Its popularity comes from bring simple, delicious, and awesome with a beer. Here in Portland there are a few different izakaya joints, Wafu and Biwa being the most popular. Both restaurants take the homey, and satisfying flavors of traditional Japanese food and use them to make contemporary, cleaned up versions of the late night street foods.