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The story: Hinodeya is a Japanese ramen bar that started in Hasuda station in Saitama Prefecture and is now headed by fourth-generation Masao Kuribara of Sasala Group. A year ago, Kuribara opened his first U.S. outpost in San Francisco’s Japantown with a ramen restaurant serving up the lighter dashi-based broth.

Why I went: I tried […]

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The story: New ramen spots are highly anticipated in the Bay Area, but Marufuku opened under the radar earlier this year. Still, word-of-mouth has created a lot of buzz for the Japantown ramen spot (opened in a former ramen restaurant on the second floor of the Japan Center Mall) and the lines are often long […]

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The story: San Francisco’s Japantown has seen an influx of ramen imports coming from far and wide after years of being bypassed by ramen diehards for the Peninsula and South Bay. The latest addition came last month in the form of Shalala Ramen, which is the second location of the three-year-old Shalala in Mountain View.

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The ramen scene has been growing in San Francisco but still not as exciting as San Mateo or San Jose. Now things might be changing with the arrival of L.A.-based Ramen Yamadaya.

The ramen restaurant group, with five locations in the Los Angeles area, opened its first Northern California spot earlier this year right in […]

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Kappa is a treasure that’s been hiding in San Francisco’s Japantown for more than 20 years.

A tiny restaurant owned by husband-and-wife team Toshiaki and Rumiko Kimura (he cooks, she serves), the restaurant is on the second floor of a longtime Japantown building that is now home for mostly karaoke clubs. (The building used to […]

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