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NYCHOWCHOW looking for some good ramen in SF

nychowchow Dec 5, 2009 11:16 PM

Fellow chowhounds, please tell me where to go for some good ramen. It's getting cold here. I need some ramen to keep warm. I get around by bike (and I mean bicycle) so please don't send me down south. Thanks!

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    bigwheel042 RE: nychowchow Dec 5, 2009 11:39 PM

    I recommend doing a search - there have been extensive ramen discussions on this board in the past. The best ramen in the area is in San Mateo and San Jose, but you can get a pretty good bowl in SF at Katana-ya on Geary.

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      nychowchow RE: bigwheel042 Dec 6, 2009 02:08 AM

      Thanks 042. I did do a search but most of the places are in San Mateo and San Jose as you mentioned. My legs aren't strong enough to get me that far ;) The ramen lists that I did find date back a few years so I don't know how reliable those are. I will definitely give Katana-ya a try! Thanks!

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        wolfe RE: nychowchow Dec 6, 2009 07:41 AM

        There are 2 favorable and1thumbs down reviews of this San Francisco house on this thread Asuka Ramen.

        Asuka Ramen
        883 Bush St, San Francisco, CA

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          Melanie Wong RE: wolfe Dec 6, 2009 07:55 AM

          Asuka's a waste of money.

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            wolfe RE: Melanie Wong Dec 6, 2009 07:59 AM

            That was the 1 thumbs down but a pretty emphatic thumb. :-)

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              artemis RE: Melanie Wong Dec 6, 2009 09:01 AM


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            Shane Greenwood RE: nychowchow Dec 6, 2009 08:10 AM

            Cal train stops in downtown San Mateo. You can bring your bike on the train. You'll find better ramen there than in SF. That is, if getting the noodles important enough to you to take a train for 20 minutes. Himawari is my favorite.

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              Amy G RE: nychowchow Dec 8, 2009 01:58 PM

              There is no good ramen in SF proper. Either go to San Jose or San Mateo or don't bother. NYC has much better ramen than SF. Ippudo kills anything we have. Focus on seasonal, ingredient driven restaurants that cater to a neighborhood crowd and you will be happy with your SF picks.

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                nychowchow RE: Amy G Dec 8, 2009 08:29 PM

                Thanks, Shane and Amy. After having the ramen at Katana-ya, I think it might be worthwhile for me to take my bike onto the train--even in the freezing cold! Amy, the mention of Ippudo makes me want to cry!

          3. Melanie Wong RE: nychowchow Dec 6, 2009 07:56 AM

            There's a new ramen truck in the Twitter sphere debuting this weekend. Apparently having some start up woes but watch for it.


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              nychowchow RE: Melanie Wong Dec 8, 2009 08:30 PM

              Thanks, Melanie. I'll wait a few weeks for them to get their kinks out and then I'll give them a try! I'm excited!

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              Pandora RE: nychowchow Dec 8, 2009 09:37 AM

              Try Genki Ramen on Geary.

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                sfbing RE: nychowchow Dec 8, 2009 04:40 PM

                This is a little different, but if you order shabu shabu at Kappou Gomi, you can tack on ramen at the end. (That is, when you are done with your shabu shabu, they will take the broth in the back and punch up the stock so that you can have ramen made at the table with it.) When they are really crowded, the kitchen can struggle to keep up so please be patient.

                Kappou Gomi
                5524 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

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