Misoya adds to local ramen craze in Millbrae 

There’s just no stopping the ramen phenomenon on the Peninsula, or anywhere in the country for that matter. The latest local entry into the ramen derby is Millbrae’s Misoya Ramen (not related, I’m told, to the Japan-based chain of the same name with an outpost in Santa Clara). The usual trio of tonkotsu, miso and shio (salt) ramen soups are the prominent items on most tables, but where Misoya differs from the norm is with its “house ramens.” Here you’ll find the likes of a seafood ramen, a chicken and spinach ramen, and even a version with chashu pork and fried tofu called “mafo tonkotsu.” Classic Japanese starters, such as takoyaki octopus balls and gyoza dumplings, are available. Misoya’s interior has a cozy atmosphere with wood-paneled walls, exposed pipes above and substantial windows in front overlooking busy El Camino Real, while people in the cars outside look back at the slurping diners with envy.

293 El Camino Real, Millbrae; no phone number or website

Pacifica

Just in time for the beginning of beach season, Breakers has opened its doors amid the Pacific breezes at Pacifica’s Rockaway Beach. The glass-enclosed dining room overlooking the sea provides brilliant views, but alas, with its daytime-only hours, you’ll have to go elsewhere for the sunset. The breakfast and lunch menus feature classics that make choosing a challenge. In the morning, there are 15 omelet options alone. Crepes, Belgian waffles, frittatas and even glazed carnitas pancakes are available. By lunch time, salads, sandwiches and burgers are served. Little details make Breakers a new local favorite: Smoothies include fresh fruit, the tuna and chicken salads are made in house, and coffee is from Peerless Roasters in Oakland.

145 Rockaway Beach Ave., Pacifica; (650) 557-1274, ilovebreakers.com

Belmont

The eatery’s name Which Wich explains the conundrum for diners: which sandwich to order? That’s not easy when there are more than 50 different customizable choices. Since its 2003 opening in Dallas, Which Wich has blossomed into one of the largest fast-casual sandwich franchises in the country. This is the second outpost on the Peninsula; the first is in Burlingame. Choose your sandwich based on meats or proteins _ or perhaps you’d like the Elvis with peanut butter, honey, banana and bacon? Those who want chicken have five choices to consider. Finally, select the type of bread, add-ons and size of your sandwich —you can get whatever you want.

1000 El Camino Real, Unit C, Belmont; (650) 591-9424, whichwich.com

Half Moon Bay

The Half Moon Bay Brewing Co.’s second annual “Going to the Dogs!” fundraiser for the Peninsula Humane Society runs from noon to 3 p.m. April 6 in the brewpub’s Mavericks Beer Garden. Bring your dog, listen to live music and, of course, enjoy food and the housemade brews while donating to a good cause.

390 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay; (650) 728-BREW or 728-2739, HMBBrewing.com

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