Rameniac ranks Shin-Sen-Gumi as #4 on his list of best ramen in L.A., but this delicious noodle house has remained my #1 for years. It's one of the few places in this town that you can indulge in a piping hot bowl of Hakata-style ramen while listening to the jovial salutations from their helpful staff. Your senses will let you know that you're in for a treat when the aroma of the pork broth invades your nostrils from the drive down Valley Boulevard. Order up a bowl with extra pickled ginger and enjoy what will be the most savory broth to ever pass your lips. Tip: Don't be afraid to use the vinegar and chili oil in each spoonful!
Shin-Sen-Gumi, 8450 Valley Boulevard #103 (at West Garvey Avenue); 626) 943-7956.