Whether at lunch or dinner, this ramen specialist is known for its lines of waiting diners that curl like noodles outside its door. Even those who arrive before they open may face a long wait, so don’t come if you’re in a rush. Once inside, you’ll be seated at a simple wood table or at the bar, collaged with Polaroid portraits of guests savoring their ramen. The reason for the wait becomes clear when you’re presented with a rich and utterly delicious bowl of tonkotsu ramen full of chewy noodles, roasted pork and scallions. Shoyu ramen is equally delish, but make a point to show up early if you want to try the tsukemen (dipping noodles), as there is a limited number of servings available daily. Orenchi Beyond is an equally busy younger sib in SF.
- MICHELIN guide inspectors