531 Broadway (5th Ave)
San Diego, CA 92101
The Gaslamp Quarter gets a spot of its own to slurp noodle bowls from popular LA chain Ramen Yamadaya. Tonkotsu (pork) broths are the house specialty, coming in four iterations: knotteri (fatty with black garlic oil), spicy, shio (basic salt-based), and shoyu (soy). But those less inclined to slurp still find a reason to come, with sides like savory wheat-flour balls called takoyaki and gyoza. Rice bowls topped with chashu pork or spicy tunas, and a selection of Japanese bento boxes, almost rival the ramen here.