Who would have ever thought that a hot bowl of soup would put Austin in such a tizzy?
Ramen, a dish that was once popularly known as a meal for cash-strapped collegiates, has been revamped to a legitimate foodie favorite. Gone are the days of 25-cent plastic wrap and deceptively labeled flavor packets. Instead, today's ramen features delicious broth, fresh noodles, and delightful treats like pork belly, bamboo shoots, soft boiled eggs, and sautéed Brussels sprouts, to name a few. Read on to find the best places to get Ramen in Austin.
Photo Via Ramen Tatsu-ya Facebook
1234 S Lamar Blvd
8557 Research Blvd # 126
1600 E. 6th St.
Opening its doors in 2012, Ramen Tatsu-ya is considered one of the best ramen joints in the nation. Their menu features variations of the traditional soup, including the Tonkotsu-style ramen with a sumptuous base that can take up to 60 hours to create. It is presented with thin noodles and delicious toppings including a marinated egg, savory pork fat, bamboo shoots, and roasted seaweed. Other varieties include a soy-based vegetarian version, Mi-So-Not and Mi-So-Hot, and Dipping Noodles, which feature a rich pork bone dipping sauce. Now with a third location in East Austin, you can find your favorite ramen all over town.
Photo Credit: Daruma Ramen
612 E 6th St B
Nestled right on 6th Street, cozy Daruma Ramen is the ramen expansion pack of Kome Sushi. Instead of the heavy pork broths favored by most, Daruma specializes in light, whole chicken broth. The refreshing broth is paired with eggless, tapioca-based noodles and topped with colorful ingredients including bok choy, bamboo, fish cakes, sesame, and delicious chicken chashu. Customers can also choose from a spicy Miso Ramen, a Veggie ramen with tofu, and another version overflowing with fresh seasonal veggies including tomatoes, avocado, and carrots. Open up and say yum.
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3005 S Lamar Blvd D-114B
6519 N Lamar Blvd
Michi Ramen serves up traditional ramen with a Texas flair. The intricate menu allows customers to build their own ramen bowls by choosing a noodle type, broth, and a wide array of toppings ranging from traditional (bamboo, roasted nori) to eccentric (spicy BBQ sauce, jalapenos, toasted lemongrass). Ramen options include tonkotsu of both shoyu and miso variety, a shiitake veggie option, dipping noodles, and two specialty ramens. They even have a Texas-style ramen, featuring tomato tonkotsu paired with smoked BBQ ribs, spicy sauce, jalapenos, and vinegar slaw with Texas toast. You can now find Michi take-out on South Lamar as well, for more ramen all the time.
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12636 Research Blvd Suite C-101
Research Boulevard eatery Kanji Ramen offers chashu bowls, gyoza, tempura shrimp, and a wide variety of other delicious ramen options. A slightly off the beaten path restaurant that is nonetheless an essential visit for any Ramen fanatic.
Photo Via Orthogonal Thought
11066 Pecan Park Blvd
If you're truly crazy about noodles, dig a little deeper and you can find ramen dishes at a number of local restaurants that are lesser-known for their ramen. Popular Japanese restaurant Soto is a great destination spot for sushi, but you might not know that it offers ramen as well.
Photo Credit: Kemuri Tatsu-ya
2713 East 2nd St.
The Japanese word 'Kemuri' translates to 'Smoke' in English. So it is fitting that Kemuri Tatsu-ya places a delicious focus on smoking all manner of delectable, tapas-style dishes. Being that this spot is owned and operated by the same folks behind the aforementioned, universally adored Ramen Tatsu-Ya, it offers some of the most exceptionally flavorful (and inventive) ramen bowls available in Austin.
Photo Credit: Xian Sushi and Noodle
1801 E 51st St, Bldg C 370
13201 Ranch Rd 620 N
3401 Esperanza Crossing 106
Xian Sushi and Noodle (either location, take your pick!) is just an overall awesome spot to get handmade, authentic ramen. Come on Sunday for an even sweeter deal: ALL DAY happy hour menu with discounted drinks and sushi. You'll have a delicious time, no doubt.
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