7398 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92111
Ajisen's success is a testament to the international community's thirst for ramen (and love for the winking Anime girl mascot): the small, original ramen house started in Kumamoto, Japan in 1968 and now has more than 700 dining rooms around the world. The specialty bowl the noodle slinger has come to identify with is a white pork-based ramen from Southern Japan, though the menu covers some 40 varieties, incorporating curry, kimchi, miso and tomato. If you want to deviate from the bowl, opt for a sizzling tray of steak teppanyaki, fried gyoza or crispy spring rolls.