When we want a very California take on ramen, we go to the Ramen Shop in Rockridge - which serves bowls with things like mustard greens, sunchokes, and creamed leeks, and excellent donburi with wild nettles or brussels sprouts. Like most places that are designed like a Scandanavian dry sauna and attract people who probably go home to a dog named Ringo, Ramen Shop isn’t cheap (the bowls of ramen start at $19.50). But you won’t mind - the Ramen Shop is just that good.
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Elephant Sushi in Russian Hill usually has a bit of a wait, so try to head there on the early side (they open at 6).
Kaiyo is a Peruvian-Japanese place where you should go for one of the best meals in Cow Hollow.
Ippudo, on the blurred line between the FiDi and SoMa, is the first SF location of a popular international ramen chain.
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