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The Back Bay location of this Japanese chain is a prime spot for students and tourists to get a fast, nourishing bowl of ramen. The signature tonkatsu is made by simmering pork bones for 20 hours, resulting in a deeply flavorful broth. Santouka also offers the lesser-known toroniku ramen, made with pork cheek meat. The vegetarian option—featuring menma kikurage mushrooms, soy marinated wheat gluten, and umeboshi—is also a worthy choice.
66 Hereford St
|Cross street:||Newbury St|
|Transport:||Green Line to Hynes|
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thu 11am-9:30pm; Fri-Sat 11am-10:30pm; Sun 11am-9pm|