Suggestions to finalize Osaka itinerary

Hello, planning for Tokyo & Kyoto had me kind of ignore Osaka and I just started working on it. I’m there for a week and would appreciate any help filling in gaps! The priority is to try stuff that Osaka does well.

The 2 places I have reservations at are Sushi Sanshin & Yakitori Ichimatsu.

In addition, I’m considering the following:

  1. Horumon: Nama Horumon Dokoro Osamuchan. I have a bunch of Yakiniku places planned so I’m primarily looking at this for the Horumon. Don’t know if I can get reservations or if there are other places that I should consider.
  2. Okonomiyaki: Hirokazuya & Jibundoki (apparently this requires reservations)
  3. Unagi: Unagiya & Yoshitora. This is to compare it with Unagi in Tokyo.
  4. Oden: Hanakujira
  5. Fugu (Tecchiri?): Ajihei. Is this worth it? The fugu I’ve had in NYC was good but I don’t think I liked it enough to make an entire meal out of it. Not sure if it’ll be different there.
  6. Hakozushi: Takotake & Yoshino
  7. Whale: Doozono. Not sure if this is worth it.
  8. I wanted to do Wayōshusai Hide but I don’t think I’ll get reservations now.
  9. Curry: Columbia 8, Botani & Kyuuyamutei
  10. Takoyaki: Any suggestions?
  11. Iyaki: Not sure if/where

Any other specific restaurants that I should consider?

And, if I’ve missed dishes that Osaka specializes in, please let me know! Thank you!

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I would very much recommend yakitori at Goichi Higobashi. We had an excellent meal there far surpassing any yakitori obtainable in the States with unsurpassed QPR.