Restaurants, Pan-Asian Chinatown
 (Photograph: Courtesy Shojo)
Photograph: Courtesy Shojo
Shojo (Photograph: Jill LeGrow)
Photograph: Jill LeGrow

You can blame Mark O’Leary for lengthening the city’s ramen lines—the co-founder of Guchi’s Midnight Ramen (with Pagu chef/owner Tracy Chang) worked the city into a late-night noodle-and-broth frenzy. Now, the former O Ya and JM Curley chef has landed at Shojo, already a venerated Chinatown spot, and elevated the menu to cult-level status. It’s a small-plates bonanza: cashew shrimp bao, kimchi fried rice and mazeman, a dry-style of ramen topped with bacon, crispy leeks and a poached egg. Then there are the oddities, most notably the Shojonator burger, a trademarked play on Wendy’s Baconator topped with smoked bacon and kimcheese (Velveeta and kimchi). And yes, there’s ramen to be had, but only at lunchtime—so plan on a daytime return visit.

By: Time Out contributors


Venue name: Shojo
Address: 9 Tyler St
Cross street: Beach St
Opening hours: Mon–Wed 5:30–11pm, Thu 11am–11pm, Fri–Sat 11am–2am
Transport: Orange Line to Chinatown
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