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Mensho Tokyo

San Francisco
Ramen Restaurant
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The first location outside of Japan, Mensho Tokyo's Tenderloin slurp shop brings Western-style broths to The Golden Gate City. Three styles are offered here: ramen, tsukemen (in which noodles are served separately) and mazesoba (noodles without broth). Lines are typically long, and for good reason: this is some of the best ramen in SF.

Tuesday
5:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Wednesday
5:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Thursday
5:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Friday
5:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Saturday
5:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Sunday
5:00 PM - 11:30 PM

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This popular Tokyo ramen bar known for its rich, creamy broths often has lines out the door, but it’s always worth the wait. The menu has something that will please every ramen preference—it’s most popular bowl, tori paitan, contains a cloudy chicken broth made from chicken bones and fat and is topped with pork chashu; or opt for “Blaze,” a spicier version of that same dish with chili pork chashu, fried chili carrots, Szechuan pepper, and Mensho OG chili sauce; or a “Garlic Knock Out” version with black garlic oil and three kinds of black garlic There’s also spicy lamb miso, matcha ramen, and a bunch of vegan options.
How to enjoy: Walk-ins only.

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Tuesday
5:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Wednesday
5:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Thursday
5:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Friday
5:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Saturday
5:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Sunday
5:00 PM - 11:30 PM

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