|Suzu's udon (tempura on the side)|
Along the way I discovered, via a posted liquor license change in ownership application, that Suzu Noodle House was recently acquired by Union Square noodlery Katana-ya; according to a knowledgeable contact, Suzu was founded by a former partner at Katana-ya, so in a sense it's a matter Katana-ya's prodigal son returning to the fold. In any event, it puts two of San Francisco's busiest noodle houses under one ownership.
Where slurped: Suzu Noodle House, 1825 Post Street, Japantown, San Francisco
*Something of a personal joke, which you can guess at if you knew the former Kui Shin Bo proprietress.