March is National Noodle Month, so try these eateries for the ultimate comfort food.
1. Orenchi Ramen This is the standard-bearer of ramen. No matter which location you choose—there’s a newer outpost in Redwood City—prepare to wait. But one taste of the 18-hour-simmered broth brimming with springy noodles and a perfect soft-boiled egg will make it all worthwhile. 3540 Homestead Road, 408.246.2955, orenchi-ramen.com
2. Ramen Nagi This Japanese noodle chain is known for its customization. Pick a base—Original King (tonkotsu pork broth), Red King (garlic, chile oil, cayenne pepper), Black King (blackened garlic and calamari ink), Veggie King (stock with cauliflower) or Green King (tonkotsu broth with basil and olive oil), then choose the noodle type and add toppings like egg, seaweed, pork belly or tree mushrooms. Multiple locations, ramennagiusa.com
3. Tamarine Executive chef and co-proprietor Tammy Huynh offers upscale, contemporary Vietnamese dishes. The crab and garlic noodle plate is a winner, with its peeled crab wok-fired with glass noodles and ginger in a soy-garlic sauce and finished with Chinese celery. 546 University Ave., 650.325.8500, tamarinerestaurant.com