Instead of tonkotsu pork broth, this ramen tavern in Hayes Valley serves paitan broth, a rich and milky broth made with chicken. Nojo's menu features five kinds of ramen with additional toppings like meatballs and a poached egg. There are also izakaya-style small bites like hand-made gyoza and teriyaki chicken buns, plus sake, shochu, wine, and beer.
Previously a loveable independent izakaya with a particularly outstanding chicken ramen, Nojo was purchased a few years ago by a giant Japanese restaurant corporation and became their first US restaurant with the same name. Don’t hold that against them, though, because the four ramens on the menu are consistently phenomenal. Whether you opt for a soy version with slow-braised whole chicken leg, tantan spicy miso with ground chicken, or even the veggie miso, every bowl is an absolute winner.
How to enjoy: Walk-ins only for indoor and outdoor dining. You can also walk up to order takeout or get it delivered by Uber Eats or other delivery apps.