There are many crazes that I have witnessed sweep across San Francisco: cupcakes, $5 toast, and 1-hr long lines for ice cream (just to name a few). While I do my best to avoid most of these crazes, ramen is one trend that can happily get full-heartedly behind. When my dear friend and fellow foodie guru asked me if I wanted to check out a ramen shop across the street from my favorite dive on the outer mission, I made sure to clear my schedule.
The vast majority of ramen's are pork-based, so finding a vegetarian ramen that also tastes great is a real treat. At Coco's Ramen, the vegetarian ramen even has a vegan base with a selection of veggies to add to the bowl. Nothing is more satisfying than slurping noodles from a steaming bowl of ramen; Coco's veggie ramen is no exception. We tasted a chilled sake which had a tasting note of banana fosters. The appetizers here are also worth trying. Two noteworthy appetizers that we shared are the whole grilled squid and the deep fried kabocha squash ball, that has a perfectly runny egg cooked inside. It might be the most expensive squash you will ever buy, but also one of the tastiest.