Tuesday, February 19th

Austin Gives Good Ramen

afb_city_guide_2013_logo

There’s no stopping the ramen trend in Austin! The city can’t get enough of the hearty steaming bowls of rich broth and bouncy alkaline noodles. Those initiated into the ramen scene (and it is very much a scene, baby) are addicted to the umami, the toppings and the slurping. The uninitiated just need to give it a try.

If you need more convincing, check out local filmmaker Christian Remde’s Culinary Equation fantastic video all about ramen.

Ramen Tatsu-ya

A great option for first-timers,  Ramen Tatsu-ya provides a quirky guide on what to order, how to eat, and definitions for all the unfamiliar terms and ingredients. They offer classic toppings and fun flavors bombs, so you can customize every bowl.

Mi-So-Hot

In addition to the spectacular ramen, they have delicious appetizers and sides including katsu sliders and the world’s greatest Brussel’s sprouts.

Katsu Sliders

Brussels sprouts

Check out their website for the full menu. Hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 5-10.

Location: 8557 Research Blvd, Ste. 126, Austin, TX 78758

*Pro-tip: Get there before 5:00 or after 8:45 to avoid the long line. Or just show up whenever and stand in line chatting with fellow ramen-heads, letting the anticipation build. Also, check out the cool bathrooms.

Ramen Tatsu-Ya Restroom Art

Michi Ramen

The ramen groundbreakers of Austin, Michi Ramen started in a truck, took a break, and reopened in brick and mortar. They are the only game in town to offer a choice of broth thickness like old-school traditional places in Japan. The noodles are slightly thicker than other places and the broth tastes like love.

Michi Ramen

Included in the large selection of sides and add-ons is a barbecue-lovers delight, Chashu Don, burnt ends, bonito flakes and green onions over steamed rice.

Chashu Don

Michi is the most comfortable establishment to sit and enjoy ramen, with plentiful tables and a cozy waiting area.

Check out their website for the full menu. Hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 11-2, 5-9.

Location: 6519 N. Lamar, Austin, TX 78752

*Pro-tip: Leave room for dessert! The mochi, 2 for $3 is shipped frozen from Hawaii and just heavenly.

Mochi

Komé

Known for their wide array of fresh and delicious sushi, Komé also makes a kickass ramen. Their efforts will only improve when their ramen-only location, Daruma Ramen, opens on East 6th. Being the most southern ramen-ya will surely earn them an instant following.

Kome tonkatsu ramen

Check out their website for the full menu. Hours are Monday-Friday 11-2, 5-10 and Sat-Sun 12-3, 5:30-10

Location: 4917 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751

*Pro-tip: Ramen is only available during lunch hours.

More Ramen!

When Paul Qui announced his intentions to make ramen, our collective ears perked up. His offerings at East Side King at Hole in the Wall are inventive and fun. Especially delicious is the Chicken Tortilla Ramen, a perfect fusing of Japan and Austin. Recent experimentation resulted in a bacon beer ramen that the combines everyone’s favorite two loves.

Chicken Tortilla Ramen

Check out their website for the full menu. Hours are Monday-Friday 11am-Midnight, Saturday 4pm-midnight

Location: 2538 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705

Chi’Lantro offers occasional ramen specials, delighting post-bar snackers with their Korean fusion ramen. Check the website for locations and hours of ramen offerings.

Banzai Sushi and Grill has nontraditional ramen offerings like meatball and tofu. Hours are Mon-Sat, 11am-9:30pm, Sun 12-9.

Location: 3914 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78756

Should you stray from the sushi menu at Musashino Sushi Dokoro you can order from a variety of ramen flavors during lunch hours only.

Hours are Tues-Fri 11:30-2, 5:30-10, Fri-Sat 5:30-10:30

Location: 3407 Greystone Dr., Austin, TX 78731

6 Responses

  1. [...] is an updated version of the 2013 AFBA City Guide to Ramen. Leave me a comment and share your favorite dishes with readers. What’s hot (and spicy!) for [...]

  2. [...] three months at the time. Since then the ramen scene has exploded and I was about to write a whole City Guide post on the trend. And already my guide is out of date since Daruma Ramen opened a few weeks ago. [...]

  3. Jodi says:

    You are my ramen guru, Kristn! Michi is next on my list, and I look forward to going back to Ramen Tatsu-Ya.

  4. Min says:

    Whoa! I didn’t realize there were so many Indian restaurants in the city! I should’ve known. I love Indian food but my husband doesn’t (gasp!) so I must find another eating buddy ;).

    I went to Hokkaido, Japan several years ago and visited its infamous ramen alley. Up until that point, I thought ramen is ramen so when I tried it there, I was blown away. I’m Korean, and it was quite different from the ones I’m used to. The broth was incredibly rich, almost creamy. I can’t wait to try some of these places!

  5. I need to taste some love! ;) Time for me to get to Michi and ESK! Some people have knocked the sliders at Ramen Tatsuya, but I really liked them, as well as my #3 Miso Hot!

  6. Stevious says:

    Ryu of Japan has blackboard specials that include Ramen. It’s pretty good, reasonably priced, and rarely a wait for a table.

    Ryu of Japan
    11101 Burnet Road, Suite B-100
    Austin, TX 78758
    (512) 973-9498

    http://ryuofjapan.com/

Leave a Reply