Housed inside of Convoy District Japanese food mecca Mitsuwa Marketplace, Hokkaido Ramen Santouka specializes in unpretentious and body-warming ramen bowls. The outpost of the popular Japanese chain that has spread across the U.S. lets you deviate from the typical tonkotsu-style pork broth in order to experiment with salt-based shio ramen or miso ramen made with fermented red soy paste. Those looking for an eating experience more interactive than the simple slurp can opt for tokusen toroniku, essentially a deconstructed ramen with the meat and topping served separately from the broth.
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka is located inside the Mitsuwa Market, but don’t let the food court atmosphere stop you. The original restaurant was founded by Hitoshi Hatanaka in Asahikawa, Japan, a city famous for recording the coldest temperature in Japanese history (-41 degrees Celsius, in 1902), so one can assume it knows its way around a bowl of piping hot broth. If you’re new to ramen, a good start is the Tokusen Toroniku: plain broth and noodles served in a signature blue bowl, with garnishes and succulent slices of pork cheeks on the side, ready to be dipped and devoured.
How to order: Walk in or call 858-974-1101 for takeout.