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Dec 30, 2012 10:14 AM


Ate at Sunflower two nights ago and noticed a long line outside this place. 42 degrees out and the line was about 50 people long. Tatsu-ya does not allow take-out, so they were all waiting patiently for one of the half dozen tables, and freezing. Must be pretty good, I'll never know because the vegetarian husband would find nothing there and I don't eat pork, which seems to be the basis of everything. How is it?

Tried a couple new dishes at Sunflower: eggplant in garlic & flat noodles. Not impressed. Will stick to my favorites. (Spring rolls, salad, crepe, hot & sour soup, spicy string beans)

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  1. It is incredible and worth every second of wait. I've been about a half dozen times times now and i've never waited more than 45 minutes.

    1. It's amazing. The broth is incredibly rich and flavorful. They have some vegetarian and non-pork items, but yeah, it's really all about the pork broth ramen dishes.

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      1. re: hlk

        I thought all their broth was non-vegetarian.

        1. re: PappyAustin

          Yes, that's the problem; there are some vegetarian items, but they aren't the ramen. They have a vegetable curry bowl, a salad, some appetizers, and desserts which are meatless. But it's really all about the ramen.

      2. Tongue only partly in cheek; ramen is the current food trend (see: cupcakes, bacon, cake pops, etc.). The line also gives our new Californian émigrés a chance to convene and complain about breakfast tacos and BBQ.

        In all honesty, it is a very tasty place. I'm also excited to see that Michi Ramen, who used to run a good trailer, have taken over the former Korean Garden/K G Sushi Train/Afin Tapas spot on N. Lamar.

        Oh, and regarding Sunflower, I noticed that Le Soleil has changed names to Nhu Y Restaurant. I don't know if this reflects a change in ownership or management, but through the window it looked like a nice interior remodel.

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        1. re: brentwood

          FYI, the ownership at former La Soleil didn't change - they just changed the "concept" to Japanese. They told me that you could still order Viet off the menu, but I haven't tested that.....

        2. it is basically the franklin bbq of ramen:
          really good, great ingredients, nice people.
          more demand than they can make and dish out.

          1. Ramen is killing it. Seating=32, avg dining time=15. Hence, 50 people is around 15 minutes. My average wait at Franklin is around an hour, which I don't mind. Austin had no good ramen until now, and that was my least favorite thing to tell to Californians; also at nine bucks a bowl, not a bad deal.

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            1. re: bubbleboy79

              Finally got the chance to go here. OMG, fantastic! I got the spicy edamame, gozya, and #1 ramen. Freaking wonderful. The broth was sublime, the pork belly fantastic, and the marinated egg perfectly cooked. I got the super spicy bomb and it was great. I want to eat this every day. Loved it. Hope something like this comes to Chicago.