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Good ramen walking distance from SFMOMA/Yerba Buena? Or pho.

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chrisheadrick Dec 22, 2011 10:08 PM

Looking for a good recommendation for ramen near SOMA. I'm visiting with my parents and staying in that area, and they like a good bowl of ramen.

Is there a good ramen place in that area?

They are not ramen geeks, so I can take them to a good, but not necessarily amazing, place and they'll be okay with it.

Plus points for a little atmosphere...a little more stylish than your standard strip-mall place, or--better yet--feels like an authentic Japanese ramen place that could be lifted right out of a Tokyo train station.

I'll take pho recommendations in the area, too.....I know SOMA is quite near a great Vietnamese neighborhood. Once again, it'd be nice to take them to a place that doesn't look *too* much like a fast food joint inside. Also, since I hear there's a lot of great pho places right around The Tenderloin, I'd like a place that they'd feel safe walking to and from at night (they are in their 70's, and delicate).

Thanks, SF!

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    vulber Dec 23, 2011 11:50 AM

    assumign the quality is the same as the TL location, the new turtle tower in SOMA.

    probably about a 15 minute walk

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      soupçon Dec 23, 2011 10:20 AM

      Katana-ya is about as good as ramen gets in downtown SF. Ajisen Ramen in the Westfield Mall is decent, too, but definitely has the fast food look.

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      Katana-Ya
      430 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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        chrisheadrick Dec 23, 2011 10:25 AM

        Both those places will work--thanks!

      2. DezzerSF Dec 23, 2011 09:53 AM

        Ramen Underground might be close enough. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/801904

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