This ramen chain is huge in Japan and when they opened their first American location in Kearny Mesa in 2017, people lost their minds. These days, there’s still a line whenever you go, but their house-made noodles continue to be the best in town. Both the Tonkotsu and Miso options are great, but they also serve Tantanmen (ramen topped with a pork or chicken cutlet), which is perfect for when you get bored of their other options, assuming that’s possible.
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