Pikaichi

Busy ramen place in Super 88. Surprised there was a line from rat thing on a Sunday morning. It’s smaller than what it looks like from the outside. As for the food, it’s not as good as the Little Big Diner in Newton. I ordered the same spicy miso ramen and can say it comes with less stuff. You get slightly less noodles and the egg is optional. More importantly, the meat in my bowl was dry and hard to chew. I feel like it’s their leftovers from the day before that didn’t sell. The cut of the meat itself is lean. All but the rice and curry side dishes were available. They claimed everything else sold out the day before. Anyways, the price is much better than the little big diner, but I’d rather pay more and get what I consider “special” broth and fresh cut juicier meat with eggs included. The broth at Pikaichi is very simple, almost like an instant noodle pack. The broth at Little Big Diner is special…see my other review about it. The prices here are good, but it reminds you that you get what you pay for. I’d probably try them again to see if my first experience was an anomaly.

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La Victoria Taqueria

This place is very small so if you’re a large group, don’t count on getting seats together. During the winter it gets very cold whenever the front door opens. As such, leave the little ones home.

With that out of the way, I enjoyed the food very much. The menu is easy to comprehend and the prices are amazing! For McDonalds money you get fresh burrito bowls or tasty tacos. Check out my orders and how cheap all of this food costs. Service is friendly and food is out together quickly. I left hungry because the dishes aren’t that filling but it was cheap and tasty.

Only disappointment was the taco shells. They tasty like banana like and doughy. Kids hated it too.

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Little Big Diner

First of all this place isn’t that big. There are a total of around 22 spaces in the whole joint. I always thought it was bigger for some reason. Anyways, we arrived on a Sunday around noon time. There was a wait. You’d think it’s a seat yourself kinda place but not true. You’ll get grumbles from those already in line waiting for delicious ramen.

I have to admit that prior to coming here I already thought it was over priced. Packed ramen is already so good and so cheap. How can it get so much better to charge that much more?

I really don’t know what’s in their spicy miso ramen broth but it is magical! It’s kind of thick and salty and…peanut buttery? Who knows but it is delicious! It comes with a runny half egg, sprouts, seaweed and two thin slices of fatty pork belly! It’s really a great combination that works very well. $15 well spent.

Skip the yelp pictures as not everything you see there is available on their current menu. For example, they no longer have the dumplings when we were there. They said they have a rotating menu. However, I’m sure the ramen choices are static options here. We didn’t try the rice dishes or the yummy looking papaya salad…maybe next time.

The name of the restaurant is very fitting I guess. The place is small but you get big tastes in a casual diner like atmosphere.

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