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Melanie Wong’s ramen rankings as of June 12, 2006

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1. Ramen Halu, 375 Saratoga Ave Ste M, San Jose

Shio Ryan Men @ Ramen Halu, San Jose
Aug 14, 2005
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Shio Ramen @ Ramen Halu, SJ
Jun 05, 2005
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2. Santa, 805 S B St, San Mateo

Soy bean (miso) seaweed ramen @ Santa, San Mateo
Jun 13, 2006
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Curry Ramen at Santa, San Mateo
Jul 09, 2005
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Jun 15, 2005
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Napa Cabbage Shoyu Ramen @ Santa, San Mateo
Jan 14, 2005
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3. Ryowa, 2068 University Ave, Berkeley

Tsukemen (Ramen Dipper) @ Ryowa, Berkeley
Aug 07, 2005
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Original Ramen @ Ryowa Ramen House, Berkeley
Jan 17, 2005
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Ryowa Ramen House, Berkeley
Feb 01, 2004
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4. Himawari, 202 2nd Ave, San Mateo

Shio Butter Corn Ramen @ Himawari, San Mateo
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Jun 12, 2006
Hiyashi Chu-ka @ Himari Ramen, San Mateo
Sep 01, 2005
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Jar Jar Men and Wonton Ramen @ Himawari, San Mateo
Jul 24, 2005
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Kanitami Ramen @ Himawari, San Mateo and Explanation of Rankings
Jul 03, 2005
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Tonkotsu Ramen @ Himawari Ramen, San Mateo
May 04, 2005
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Asari shio ramen @ Himawari, San Mateo
Jan 11, 2005
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Jul 11, 2004
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5. Ryowa, 859 Villa St, Mountain View

Won Ton Ramen @ Ryowa, Mountain View
Jun 18, 2005
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Original Ramen @ Ryowa, Mountain View
Apr 24, 2005
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Sep 16, 2002
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6. Tanto, 1063 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale

Ramen Salad @ Tanto, Sunnyvale
Sep 05, 2005
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Zaru Ramen & Izakaya-style Dishes @ Tanto, Sunnyvale
Aug 10, 2005
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Littleneck clam salt ramen @ Tanto, Sunnyvale
Dec 22, 2004
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7. Maru Ichi, 368 Castro St, Mountain View

Kuro Ramen @ Maru Ichi, Mountain View
Dec 26, 2004
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8. Do-Henkotsu House of Tokushima Ramen, 4330 Moorpark Ave, San Jose

Return to Do-Henkotsu House of Tokushima Ramen, San Jose
Apr 23, 2005
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Tokushima Ramen Do-Henkotsu, San Jose
Mar 20, 2004
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9. Gen Ramen, 47890 Warm Springs Blvd, Fremont

Pork Belly Light Flavor (Shio) Ramen @ Gen Ramen Noodle, Fremont
Jan 02, 2006
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Cold Ramen @ Gen Ramen
Nov 20, 2005
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Pork Belly Shoyu Ramen @ Gen Ramen, Fremont
Jan 25, 2005
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Takana Kimchee Ramen @ Gen (Fremont
)Apr 11, 2004
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10.BY Grill, 3226 Geary Blvd, San Francisco

Tonpo Pork Ramen and Takoyaki @ BY Grill (SF
)Mar 30, 2005
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11.Norikonoko, 2556 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley

Shoyu Ramen @ Norikonoko, Berkeley
Jun 12, 2005
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12.Hana, 4320 Moorpark, San Jose

Pork, Vegetables and Egg Soup Noodles (Ramen) @ Hana, San Jose
Dec 25, 2005
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Spicy Sesame Noodles (Ramen) @ Hana, San Jose
Oct 03, 2005
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13.Masa's Sushi, 400 San Antonio Road, Mountain View

Ramen @ Masa’s Sushi, Mountain View
Jan 25, 2004
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14.Gochi, 19980 Homestead Rd, Cupertino

Gochi in Cupertino
Feb 13, 2006
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15.Oyaji, 3123 Clement St, San Francisco

Ramen @ Oyaji, San Francisco
Apr 03, 2005
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16.Maru Ichi, 530 Barber Lane, Milpitas

Special Tonkotsu Ramen @ Maru Ichi, Milpitas
Dec 27, 2005
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Kuro Ramen @ Maru Ichi, Milpitas
Apr 04, 2005
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17.Niko Niko Sushi/Katanaya, 336 O'Farrell St, San Francisco

Kara-age and Chashu Ramen @ Niko Niko Sushi (Katanaya), San Francisco
Oct 23, 2005
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18.Hatcho, 1271 Franklin Mall, Santa Clara

Spicy Seafood Ramen (Champon) @ Hatcho, Santa Clara
Sep 03, 2005
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19.Tomoe, 810 3rd St, San Rafael (closed

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Ramen @ Tomoe Japanese Restaurant, San Rafael
Jan 24, 2004
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20.Ringer Hut, 1072 Saratoga Ave, San Jose

Ringer Hut?
Jan 18, 2005
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21.Izakaya Mai, 212 2nd Avenue, San Mateo

Kimchee Champon Ramen @ Izakaya Mai, San Mateo
Aug 15, 2005
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22.Ramen Club, 723 California Dr, Burlingame

Seafood Ramen and BBQ Rib & Kimchee Ramen @ Ramen Club, Burlingame
Aug 16, 2005
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Won Ton Ramen @ Ramen Club, Burlingame
Aug 06, 2005
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Ramen Club, Burlingame
Jan 04, 2004
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23.Tazaki Sushi, 3420 Judah St, San Francisco

Ramen at Tazaki Sushi, SF
Jun 07, 2005
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24.Ramen Rama, 19774 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino

Ma Bo Tofu Ramen @ Ramen Rama, Cupertino
Jun 10, 2005
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25.Ogi-San Ramen, 10789 Blaney Ave, Cupertino

Ogi-san Ramen in Cupertino report!
Mar 21, 2005
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26.Kaimuki Grill, 104 S El Camino Real, San Mateo

Ramen Lunch Set @ Kaimuki Grill, San Mateo
Mar 25, 2004
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27.Tanto, 1306 Saratoga Ave, San Jose

Clam Ramen at Tanto, San Jose
Mar 25, 2004
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28.Okazu Ya SF (Noriega), 2445 Noriega St, San Francisco

Asari Ramen @ Okazu Ya SF (Noriega), San Francisco
Feb 01, 2005
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29.King's Garden Ramen, 39055 Cedar Blvd, Newark

King’s Garden Ramen, Newark
Apr 30, 2005
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30.Sushi Bistro, 445 Balboa St, San Francisco

Ramen Lunch @ Sushi Bistro (SF
)Nov 14, 2004
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31.Mitsuwa Hokkaido festival booth, 675 Saratoga Ave, San Jose

Hokkaido food festival booths at Mitsuwa Saratoga
Sep 02, 2005
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Darumaya Nama Ramen @ Mitsuwa, Saratoga
Sep 05, 2005
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32.Lakuni, 325 E 4th Ave, San Mateo

Ramen & Oyster Yaki @ Lakuni, San Mateo
Dec 04, 2004
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Lakuni in San Mateo (long
)Jul 05, 2001
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33.Mifune, 1737 Post St, San Francisco

Ramen Lunch Set @ Mifune Restaurant, SF
Dec 07, 2005
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34.H2A Noodle, 42318 Fremont Blvd., Fremont

HA Noodle (Ramen) in Fremont
Jan 09, 2006
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35.Iroha, 1728 Buchanan St, San Francisco

Gyoza Ramen @ Iroha, San Francisco
Jan 12, 2005
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36.Miraku Noodles, 2131 N Broadway, Walnut Creek

Pork Ramen and Sake @ Miraku Noodles, Walnut Creek
Jun 14, 2005
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37.Manpuku, 2977 College Ave, Berkeley

Ramen @ Manpuku, Berkeley
Aug 22, 2004
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38.Tanpopo, 1740 Buchanan Street, San Francisco

39.Sushi Yoshi, 39261 Cedar Blvd, Newark

Tonkotsu Ramen @ Sushi Yoshi, Newark
Apr 25, 2005
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40.La Shang Niang Ramen (OEC), 42 Dixon Rd, Milpitas

#11 Charshou Ramen @ La Shang Niang Ramen (OEC Shabu-Shabu), Milpitas
Dec 15, 2005
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41.Oidon, 71 E. 4th Avenue, San Mateo

Ramen @ Oidon (San Mateo
)May 28, 2004
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42.Suzu Noodle House, 1581 Webster Street, San Francisco

Mabo Ramen @ Suzu Noodle House, SF Japantown
Jan 06, 2006
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Ramen @ Suzu Noodle House, SF
Dec 08, 2004
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43.Sapporo-ya, 1581 Webster St, San Francisco

Ramen at Sapporo-Ya, SF
Apr 28, 2004
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44.Tokyo Ramen, 678 Barber Lane, Milpitas

Cold Wasabi Ramen @ Tokyo Ramen, Milpitas
Nov 19, 2005
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Apr 12, 2004
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45.Kamakura, 2549 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda

Seafood Champon, Agedashi Tofu & Gyuhi @ Kamakura, Alameda
Jun 20, 2005
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46.Mama-san!, 312 8th Ave, San Francisco

Miso Ramen @ Mama-san!, San Francisco
Sep 06, 2005
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47.Katana-ya Ramen, 10546 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito

House Ramen and Kara-age at Katana-ya Ramen, El Cerrito
Jul 04, 2005
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Katana-ya Ramen, El Cerrito
Feb 05, 2004
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48.Hotei, 1290 9th Ave, San Francisco

Ramen at Hotei, SF Ramen at Hotei, SF
Mar 23, 2004
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49.Bear's Ramen House, 2521 Durant, Berkeley

Spam Ramen @ Bear’s Ramen House (Berkeley
)Nov 30, 2004
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    1. re: vliang

      No, Melanie is amazing. The least I could do for all these tasty tips was pass along my personal copy. In my own version, I (blush) have the pictures, if any, with the link.

      I think it was only when Melanie was in the 30's on the list that ramen finally caught my attention. Very, very interesting.

      1. re: rworange

        would you mind sharing your version with the pictures? (are they the actual images or links to them?) my email is my username at gmail.com.

    2. Thanks so much for doing this. I'll try to find the other threads and fill in. This list is not the most recent ranking but close enough in the mean time. . . just to disavow my most anal status. (g)

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      1. re: Melanie Wong

        Uh oh looks like there's *another* place offering ramen, the new Sumiya Yakitori in San Jose, according to a report by yamada3. Though the ramen would be a good starch offering to go with the grilled skewered proteins.

      2. Thanks a lot for the info (Melanie) and the compilation and additional info (rworange).

        I've only tried #3 on this list, which means I have at least 49 to try. Ironic damn.

        G

        1. this is a wonderful list! thanks so much rworange.

          am i correct in thinking that there are some red meat-free broths? shoyu? shio? i am a no beef, no pork eater so i am wondering what options there are for people like me. fish and poultry are fine.

          melanie references "porcine" goodness in the shio broth at ramen halu, but has no pork references for the butter shio at himawari. was that because it lacks porcine goodness, or because in melanie's glorious descriptions, she just didn't happen to mention it?

          i have a week off between work and school... where should i go??