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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Hina Yakitori in NoPa does an incredible omakase-style menu almost entirely of chicken.
Tanuki Restaurant 狸壽司
Tanuki, in the Inner Richmond, serves delicious uni nigiri and vegetarian sushi that won’t make you sad, and also runs a strong delivery operation.
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