Bay Area Ramen Roundup

January 10, 2012 12:00 AM

Bay Area Ramen Roundup

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Maybe it’s the fog and cold, but it seems like we’re all in the mood for ramen: that perfectly warming bowl of broth, noodles, and perhaps meat. Several threads that have popped up on the Chowhound board in the last couple of weeks extol the virtues of various local ramen shops. (Source:

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Morimoto Napa

610 Main Street
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 252-1600

mr_darcy revived a thread on Morimoto in Napa, praising the excellent ramen with slightly chewy noodles that were “dangerously close to being too soft, but thankfully not.” And the strong, forthright broth was flavorful without being too salty, mr_darcy says.

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34672 Alvarado Niles Road
(between Decoto Rd & Union Sq)
Union City, CA 94587
(510) 475-8600

hhc, who is always scouting for good bargains, recently visited Tadamasa in Union City. During a 2010 visit, she didn’t like the watery curry ramen served with a skimpy portion of chicken. But this time, she loved the $2 garlic edamame and enjoyed the Sapporo shoyu ramen. hhc also says she looks forward to ordering the coconut miso ramen on another visit.

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Saiwaii Ramen

2240 Irving Street
between 23rd Ave & 24th Ave)
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 665-7888

doubledeuce80 enthusiastically endorses Saiwaii Ramen’s tonkotsu ramen with spicy garlic and stewed pork add-ons. “I would say spicy garlic is a must and stewed pork +/- on your personal taste,” doubledeuce80 says.

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Editor’s Picks:

Genki Ramen

3944 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 752-2663

This is one of the few Japanese restaurants in the city that serves okinomiyaki, a super-filling savory pancake with ingredients ranging from bacon and cheese to squid and scallops,popular in Japan.

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Ramen Dojo

805 South 'B' Street
San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 401-6568

chelle-ist D. Ok, confession time! We ate here twice in one weekend. And waited in the long line both times…its THAT good! The first night we arrived at about 7:30pm and didn’t get seated until about 8:30pm. You see, the entire restaurant only seats 24 people. So, if you don’t get here right before opening, its a sure thing that you’ll be writing your name on the list to start off your marathon wait. The host had a hard time pronouncing my name. But who cares, we got seated and hubs ordered the pork garlic broth and I the soy sauce flavored broth.

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Featured Commenter’s Picks:

Ramen House Ryowa

859 Villa Street
Mountain View, CA 94041
650) 965-8829

The menu offers a small but well-made selection of fresh noodles and side dishes. The house special ramen comes in a delicate miso broth with thinly sliced pork and a boiled egg. Popular lunch specials include gyoza–pan-seared pork dumplings–and a choice of white or fried rice.

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