It had to happen sooner or later. Toro Burger, a new burger joint that just opened in Santa Ana, is selling ramen burgers--those noodle hamburger hybrids that went viral last year and had everyone calling it the next cronut. And Keizo Shimamoto--the food blogger and ramen aficionado who invented the original ramen burger--does not appear to have anything to do with it.
See also: It's Here: A Recipe For The Ramen Burger
Along with the Ramen Burger, which is described as being constructed of Angus beef, shaved green onions, baby mixed greens, BBQ pork belly, and a gourmet ramen bun, Toro Burgers also offers a Banh Mi Burger with the Angus beef paired with a steamed pork roll, pickled carrots, daikon radish, fresh cilantro, jalapeño, and a dousing of fish sauce.
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Also on the menu: a Kim Chi Burger, with Korean BBQ sauce and kimchi, because if you're going to be inspired by Shimamoto's Ramen Burger, you're also going to give a nod to Kogi's Roy Choi and his Korean mash ups, even if it's not something that's cribbed directly from his repertoire.
Toro Burgers is located at 2321 E 4th St. Ste A., Santa Ana, CA 92705. It had its grand opening yesterday.