The Holding Company 1502
This three-story restaurant/bar/music venue in the heart of Ocean Beach doesn’t specialize in ramen, but the two options on the menu are extraordinary enough to earn a spot on this list. The first is ramen noodles bathed in orange curry broth with chicken, tofu, potatoes, carrots, and a soft-boiled egg, topped with fried garlic and Thai basil. The second is birria ramen—a unique flavor mash-up of the spicy-sweet-sour-savory Mexican stew with the quintessential Japanese noodle dish. Loaded with tender, fall-apart chunks of meat swimming in a deep, flavorful broth, The Holding Company’s take is like umami on steroids. Bonus: The restaurant’s ocean views are spectacular, so enjoy your noods as you watch the sun go down.
How to order: Call 619-341-5898 for reservations or to order takeout.