Ramen Round-Up: East Bay & SF Edition

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Back in 2011, I recounted my childhood love of instant noodles and the subsequent mind explosion that occurred when I discovered that ramen could be ordered in a restaurant. Since then, ramen has been enjoying a renaissance in the Bay Area, and I recently slurped my way through a few bowls in the East Bay and San Francisco for a piece on The Bold Italic. Here’s the full gallery of goodness I tackled with the help of a few intrepid friends. What are some of your favorite spots in your neck of the woods?

kenken-tonkotsu

Ken Ken Ramen (San Francisco): Hakata-style tonkotsu

kenken-vegan

Ken Ken Ramen (San Francisco): vegan shoyu

kiraku-shoyu

Kiraku (Berkeley): Tokyo-style shoyu

manpuku-seafood

Manpuku (Berkeley): seafood shoyu

menoh-miso

Men Oh (San Francisco): miso tonkotsu

menoh-spicy

Men Oh (San Francisco): spicy tonkotsu

menoh-tokushima

Men Oh (San Francisco): Tokushima

ramenbar-gingerchicken

Ramen Bar (San Francisco): ginger-braised chicken with gluten-free noodles

ramenbar-hokkaido

Ramen Bar (San Francisco): Hokkaido miso butter

ramenbar-tokyo

Ramen Bar (San Francisco): Tokyo-style Kurobuta pork

ramenbar-veg

Ramen Bar (San Francisco): vegetarian mushroom

ramenshop-hokkaido

Ramen Shop (Oakland): Hokkaido corn miso

ramenshop-shoyu

Ramen Shop (Oakland): shoyu

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Ramen Shop (Oakland): vegetarian shoyu Meyer lemon

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Sobo Ramen (Oakland): shio with gluten-free noodles

sobo-tonkotsu

Sobo Ramen (Oakland): tonkotsu with mayu (black garlic oil)

sobo-vegan

Sobo Ramen (Oakland): vegan soy coconut

yojimbo-pork

Yojimbo Sushi (Alameda): spicy pork

yojimbo-seafood

Yojimbo Sushi (Alameda): spicy seafood

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9 responses to “Ramen Round-Up: East Bay & SF Edition

  1. Thank you for doing all this ground work for us ramen lovers!

  2. I’m tempted to lick my phone screen. Canada get on this! There’s only one place I know that does this right in Winnipeg and sadly it is in a mall food court.

  3. I love Ramen and there are now some new places I want to try but I feel that you left out the South Bay. Orenchi’s is one of my favorites!

    • This was strictly a East Bay and SF roundup so no South Bay spots were featured. I know there are a ton worth checking out, though. Hopefully someone will do a South Bay/Peninsula roundup soon!

  4. Lili

    Izakaya Sozai has one of the best ramens — they only have one. Some of the other ones I like are in SF are at Ramen Yamadaya / Waraku Ramen / tsukemen at Iza Ramen / Kaiju Eats .. etc list can go on. πŸ™‚

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