The story: Nojo opened a few years ago in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighborhood, building on the izakaya craze for Japanese grilled eats. But the owners sold the restaurant last year to a Japanese conglomerate called AP Company, and it reopened earlier this year as a ramen restaurant with small bites.
Why I went: The […]Read the full post →
Pho King is one of those hole-in-the-wall joints that are no frills with homestyle dishes. It’s the kind of place you want to make your neighborhood eatery but so many people talk about it it’s become one of those worst kept secrets in town.
This tiny Vietnamese noodle shop is at the start of International Boulevard in Oakland […]Read the full post →
UPDATE: After nearly 10 years, Ozumo closed in November 2016.
If you just look at my recent posts, you’ll know I’ve been obsessing about ramen lately. So when I was invited to check out Ozumo’s new Ramen Wednesdays, I jumped at the chance.
Ozumo is the large Japanese restaurant in Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood, with a […]Read the full post →
In the food-obsessed Bay Area, even a bowl of ramen can hold a lot of expectations, with people seeking unique toppings or rich, creamy broths. But that defies the tradition of ramen from Japan, where it’s found in every alley and eaten simply and quickly by the populace.
Ramen is food for the people, and it […]Read the full post →
It’s hard to imagine ramen to be more popular than it already is in the San Francisco Bay Area, but after dining at the new white hot Mensho Tokyo in the Tenderloin neighborhood last night, you’d think ramen has finally arrived in San Francisco.
This may be a reflection of the fact that many ramen lovers […]Read the full post →
This is a quick look at a dinner I had awhile back with my niece at a dive-like Chinese restaurant in the South Bay.
We had just finished going to an event during the day in San Jose, so when we were thinking of dinner, I checked my list of places to […]Read the full post →
The story: The owners of Fork Cafe in the Castro suddenly closed earlier this year and did a quick-change to reopen as Slurp Noodle Bar, thinking that the neighborhood needed an all-noodle eatery to complement the various Asian, Italian, California, and diner concepts firmly established in the hood.
Why I went: I love noodles, and […]Read the full post →
The story: Opened near the new Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center, Monster Pho is a new generation of Vietnamese restaurants. The owner, Tee Tran, wanted to open a restaurant serving up traditional family dishes, but with a community feel to draw diners of all backgrounds.
Why I went: This is another new offering that’s within […]Read the full post →
We interrupt our regular ramen programming for this post on udon.
Although everyone is obsessing on ramen – and I don’t blame them – there are other types of Japanese noodles such as soba and udon. Growing up, I used to love udon for its comforting thick noodles in simple broth. They’re made of wheat […]Read the full post →
The modern-looking pho restaurant is like an oasis at noontime Saturday on a quiet stretch of Divisadero. My Father’s Kitchen probably serves up a lot of health care workers on the weekdays, surrounded by a few hospitals north of Geary Boulevard, and on Saturdays it’s one of the few lunch options.
I discovered the little […]Read the full post →
The packed front bar nearly every night at the new Ramen Shop shows just how hungry the East Bay is for a good bowl of soup noodles on this side of the bay.
It helps that the owners are among the growing Chez Panisse alumni striking out on their own and apparently the whole world […]Read the full post →
The story goes that Hung Lam, aka “Soup Junkie,” tried bowls and bowls of noodle soup in San Francisco but couldn’t find one that could live up to the taste of his mom’s. So now he pops up with a weekly pop up restaurant at Vinyl Wine Bar to show what a good bowl of […]Read the full post →
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