.Mid-Week Menu: Pop-up Ramen, $4.20 Pho, and a Late-Night Deal at Chez Panisse

Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our weekly roundup of East Bay food news.

1) Perhaps it’s too early to declare 2013 the Year of Ramen, but it’s beginning to look that way: It seems like people started waiting in line to get into Rockridge’s Ramen Shop (5812 College Ave., Oakland) months ago, when news first broke about the Chez Panisse pedigreed noodle specialist — it’s now in its second week of business.

Here’s another newcomer: Ippo Ramen has been popping up at Linden Street Brewery for several months now. This Sunday, January 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., chef and proprietor Steven Yee will be doing his first pop-up at CommonWealth Cafe & Pub (2882 Telegraph Ave.). Yee said he fell in love with the noodles during a thorough exploration of the Osaka ramen scene.

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