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Ramen Recommendations in San Fran?

mazchristo Nov 28, 2007 10:10 AM

I'm here for 3 days and would love some authentic ramen. Any suggestions?

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    Fig Newton RE: mazchristo Nov 28, 2007 10:24 AM

    Ya, head south to LA. Ha ha ...

    Seriously, though, there are a bunch of Ramen threads on this board, started by Melanie Wong's ramen rankings. Here's the most recent list I could find.


    1. spicedish RE: mazchristo Nov 28, 2007 11:36 AM

      Definitely trust Melanie W. she knows of what she speaks! Also I don't know if she's listed it but Warakabune on Church & 15th has good ramen. It's a sushi boat place that is fairly inexpensive. They've got several types of udon and several ramens. Beware though... the spicy one... is nose burning.

      1. Porthos RE: mazchristo Nov 28, 2007 12:18 PM

        You might have to travel to San Jose but here's rameniac's (LA boards) perspective. His favorite ramen of the trip was Kahoo (over Santa and Halu).

        He loved the shoyu ramen. I prefer the shio. Both are stellar.


        1. K K RE: mazchristo Nov 28, 2007 01:10 PM

          SF city's best? Probably Katana-Ya on Geary (across from the musicals theater) close to Union Square.

          I love Kahoo in San Jose as well which easily trumps all of the others. Some die hards like Halu nearby.

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            osho RE: K K Nov 28, 2007 03:04 PM

            Most definitely second K K's rec above. I think Katana-Ya is the best in SF.

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              shortexact RE: osho Nov 28, 2007 08:39 PM

              Another vote here for Katanaya, at least for the SF city-and-county limit.

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                osho RE: osho Nov 28, 2007 09:44 PM

                Come to think of it, I had yet another lunch at Ozumo today.

                In addition to the smorgasboard of fresh fish, I ordered the Sapporo Ramen - fresh crab and thinly sliced pork with scallions and some other veggies. It was frightfully good. $15 for the bowl though.

            2. kare_raisu RE: mazchristo Nov 28, 2007 05:54 PM

              At the appropriately named: Tanpopo in J- town. If you dont want to commit - get the fried rice which comes with a bowl of the broth in lieu of miso. The broth will make you want to order the ramen as your next course.

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                junesix RE: kare_raisu Nov 28, 2007 06:02 PM

                I particularly like the ankake ramen they have here. It's shoyu ramen with fresh vegetables in a starchy sauce - tastes a lot better than it sounds. My friends love the karamiso (red spicy bean paste) ramen. Haven't found any other place in SF that makes these varieties.

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                  wanderlust21 RE: kare_raisu Nov 28, 2007 07:07 PM

                  What a coincidence, I just had the karamiso chasu ramen at Tanpopo tonight. Nice broth and good ramen with some chew to it. Though the chasu was a little dry and light on the fat.

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