Ordering at Mr Vista's Santouka goes by in a flash -- the constant line of patrons have their cash at the ready before getting to the counter and ordering one of six menu items (spoiler alert: they're all ramen). The broths range from salty, to rich, to a little bit fishy, and each is handmade creation that's thick and always piping hot. The kids will end up liking this ramen joint more than most -- Santouka's always preferred mild flavors to spicy ones.
This Japanese import was another ramen brand to gain early traction in LA, filling stalls at Mitsuwa market food courts on the Westside and in Torrance. The salt ramen is particularly addictive, teaming a cloudy, powerfully savory tonkotsu broth with fatty pork chashu, menma with pronounced medicinal bite, sesame seeds, a fish cake sporting a spiral pattern, and a single umeboshi (pickled plum) that may be tiny, but delivers outsized pucker. For truly hearty eaters, Santouka also provides the option to form a combo with a rice bowl, including a version with salmon flakes and bursting ikura.
How to order: Walk-ins only for dine in. Order for pickup or delivery via delivery apps.