I woke up early this morning due to the cold, and decided to get things done. The window in my room is quite large and single paned, so it lets the exterior’s temperature in, no matter what temperature the thermostat says it is operating at. The weather was damp and cold, the kind of cold that makes your nose want to run. The kind of cold that only warm soup can fix. I went to get donuts for breakfast, and to do some homework on campus. Midway through my studies I got a text.
Of course! was the (only) answer, and my plans were set.
At dinner time, I met my friend at Toro Ramen and Poke Barn in San Marcos, Texas. By this point my nose was full on stuffed and I just wanted to eat. Upon entering I was promptly seated by the extremely friendly staff and given a menu.
This being a blog about ramen I did not bother to look too deeply into the poke menu. If a bowl of raw fish is what you want, seek the menu to the right. —>
At the time of my visit, Toro had four ramen selections and ten appetizers not to mention several add ins for an extra cost. I was most impressed with the Ramen combos they had listed at the bottom of the red menu. For a few extra dollars you could choose one and only one appetizer for a discounted price of a normal appetizer. I ended up ordering the Spicy Tonkotsu ramen combo with beef gyoza, something out of the ordinary, as every gyoza I’ve ever had has been pork.
Toro serves their appetizers in bowls with the dipping sauce at the bottom. This is genius, as it eliminates dishes for them and gives the appetizer you ordered some time to soak up some more flavor. In addition to the combo, I also ordered Agedashi Tofu at full menu price.
When they say spicy, they mean spicy. My stuffed nose was cleared up and almost immediately started to run. Water was in order to soothe the burn that the broth had caused. Burning spice aside the flavor of the soup was just as I expected: savory, meaty, and full bodied. The chashu – braised pork – was cut thinner than I would have liked and left me wanting more, and I have yet to find a chewy ramen noodle that reminds me of Japan. The (ramen) servings are large.
As he looked down in defeat at his unfinished bowl, my friend Andrew was quoted saying, “I haven’t eaten all day, I don’t know how I could have prepared myself more for this.”
Over all Toro Ramen and Poke Barn is a great ramen restaurant to try out if you’re in the San Marcos area. Priced fairly in comparison to the other ramen shops in the area, it provides a quality product that you will look forward to every time you visit.
Go give Toro Ramen and Poke Barn a visit if you are in or near San Marcos, Texas, you won’t be disappointed.
Oh and my nose isn’t running or stuffed any more! Not that I’m claiming this ramen to have healing properties or anything.