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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Northern Cali Conclusion: Santa rules!

Santa Ramen
1944 S. El Camino Real
San Mateo, CA
(650) 344-5918

I started out this trip determined only to try new places that I've never been to, but with all the mediocrity in the city I just HAD to visit Santa! It's been almost a year since my last visit and my dreams of "pure kotteri heaven" have never been matched. I needed a quick reminder to ensure that it still exists. And indeed it does...

(Shout goes out to Lynae of the Clippers Spirit!)


Shoyu Ramen w/Stewed Premium Pork: To be honest, I felt a little nauseous after eating at Kahoo today. I wasn't sure if it was MSG overload or just plain heartburn, but this ramen made everything feel better. No joke! It might have been mental, but there's nothing fake about this Shoyu Ramen. Rich, bold, distinct, deep. There's not enough adjectives in my vocabulary to describe it.


I also heard great things about their Kakuni, but never had a chance to try it until now. Amazing! Every intoxicating bite was tender and addictive. Seriously, the sake was permeating perfectly!


So that's it! It's time to head back to LA. I hope you enjoyed my posts as much as I enjoyed the trip. If I had to do a northern cali ramen ranking based on places that I've been, it would probably go something like this:
  1. Santa Ramen
  2. Ramen Halu
  3. Shoki Ramen House
  4. Kahoo Ramen
  5. Maru Ichi
  6. Ramen House Ryowa
  7. Katana-Ya
  8. Suzu
  9. Osaka Ramen
  10. Iroha
IMO: Everything outside of this top 5 is probably not worth trying unless you live close by and don't have any other choice. Oyasumi!