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What's your fav ramen shop and why?

Mine is Hanaichimonme in Little Tokyo. Located in the 2nd Floor of what used to be the Mitsuwa Mall shopping center (now Woori), it's a small shop with authentic ramen and they come in these adorable sets! My favorite is the curry and ramen combo. You get a small chicken curry with a bowl of traditional ramen. They also have a great window display of plastic Japanese food.

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Little Tokyo Restaurant
150 E Bonita Ave, San Dimas, CA 91773

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  1. yamadaya, because it's close to school and good enough. extra noodles for free! oh, and it's quiet.

    robata jinya, my fav bowl of ramen in socal, is too far away and not really a ramen shop.

    1. mottainai, wok'd butter corn + miso

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      1. re: ns1

        Mottainai, smoky Sapporo style with flavor bombs...

        Santouka, special Premium Pork Broth #7...

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        Santouka
        3760 S Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066

        1. re: J.L.

          amen on special premium pork #7. just had that 5 days ago haha.

          1. re: J.L.

            Ramen Mottainai is the best I've had in the LA area. Flavor bomb indeed.
            http://mottainairamen.com/

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            Ramen Mottainai
            1630 W. Redondo Beach Blvd., Suite #9, Gardena, CA 90247

            1. re: wienermobile

              Yeah, I was just at Mottainai for the second time this weekend. I couldn't resist getting the smoky miso w/ butter corn again. My wife opted for the soy broth. Soy was fine. Smoky miso was, again, OUTSTANDING and my wife made we switch with her halfway through :)

              Mr Taster

                1. re: Mr Taster

                  I crave that miso butter corn ramen daily.

                2. re: wienermobile

                  I got confused trying to find this place last year. I have to try again.

            2. Big fan of Ramen Jinya in Studio City.

              I rather like Santouka as well.

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              Santouka
              3760 S Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066

              Ramen Jinya
              11239 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

              1. Down in Orange County it's going to be Gomen. While I also like Shin Sen Gumi and Santouka, Gomen comes out just a little bit better IMHO. The only setback is that Gomen is only open very weird hours, and they don't even stick to those hours a lot of the time. So if you're not local, you may be very disappointed in making the trek out there to find out they closed early, or haven't opened yet. But if you get in and get to try it, mmmm delicious.

                Clean, tasty broth, and various kinds too. The fried rice/ramen combo is a very good deal, and the chashu pork is just melt-in-your-mouth goodness. I always order extra chashu, it's that good.

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                1. re: kingkong5

                  yeah the hours that Gomen keeps is definitely not convenient for folks like me. tastes pretty darn good though!

                2. Yamadaya, Horon, or Santouka, depending on my mood. Usually Yamadaya. I don't think any one aspect of their ramen is the best around (not even the broth - though very good, I think there's an over-reliance on lard to enrich it, plus there's a gritty, rustic quality to Horon's broth that seems more to me like what you'd get in Japan, that Yamadaya's is lacking), but they do everything pretty well to very well, the serving is generous (moreso than the other two places I mentioned), and I prefer the Hakata style of ramen. Horon does a similar style, but it's not really a ramen shop, and the wait for a table sometimes can be long, so I don't go there as often as I would like. Plus, they're a little skimpy with the toppings.

                  The very best are those occasions when places like Tatsunoya or Hakata Ippudo visit from Japan and set up shop in Mitsuwa for a few days.

                  I used to love Hanaichimonme for their yakisoba, but I haven't been there in years. I remember liking their noodles, but the broth was too light, even for that style of ramen. I love their soup spoons.