This Little Italy hotspot attracts a hip young crowd and serves gourmet ramen (think pork belly not “oriental” flavored top ramen). The atmosphere is casual but hip. White subway tiles line the entire back wall and diners order at the large square bar. I love the light filled space and innovative indoor/outdoor seating concept. The menu is small but delicious. Standouts include the Belly of the Beast, a ramen bowl with oxtail dumpling, and hoisin glazed short rib and the ginger beef brisket mushu appetizer. UnderBelly’s vibe seems to have hit just the right chord with San Diegans and is packed for lunch and dinner. From the team behind popular San Diego bars Craft and Commerce and Noble Experiment, UnderBelly has a great craft beer selection. Wine is also on tap. And as if the food and atmosphere weren’t enough, you have to go to check out the succulent wall portrait of Chairman Mao hanging in the entry way.
750 W. Fir St.
San Diego, CA 92101