Food & Drink

The 8 Most Slurp-Worthy Ramen Spots in Atlanta

Published On 04/08/2015 Published On 04/08/2015
Sebastian Davis/Thrillist
Sebastian Davis/Thrillist
Yakitori Jinbei Japanese Restaurant
Sebastian Davis/Thrillist
Courtesy of Makan
Sebastian Davis/Thrillist
Amy Sinclair
Sebastian Davis/Thrillist
Courtesy of Pijiu Belly
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1. Lan Zhou 5385 New Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA 30341

Packed inside a strip mall, LZ offers about as authentic of experience as you will find in the metro, because the English is very sparse and they rarely bother to translate the menu. Instead, point to the number you want, make your meat choice, and enjoy a large, fragrant bowl their thick, fresh, and savory noodles.

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2. Yakitori Jinbei 2421 Cobb Pkwy SE, Smyrna, GA 30080 (Smyrna)

Their yakitori and sushi is about as good as we get here, but you’ve got to go for the house specialty: spicy tonkotsu, with what is often rated the best pork broth in the city. The reddish-orange base won’t blow your chopsticks out of your hand, but it will certainly give you the wake-up call you needed to handle the traffic around the new Braves stadium.

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3. Raku Ramen 810 Marietta St, Atlanta, GA 30318

Aserious contender for best tonkotsu in the city, the little shack next to Georgia Tech has a great patio and hot, fresh, homemade noodle-based eats.

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4. Makan, Restaurant & Bar 130 Clairemont Ave, Decatur, GA 30030 (Decatur)

Makan builds upon Chinese and Korean recipes with locally-sourced ingredients to create some seriously delicious Asian fusion comfort foods. Its ramen is rich and silky and its pork buns have an unmistakable touch of Southern charm in their pecan sugar topping. Aside from dinner, Makan also serves weekend brunch that's part dim sum, part ramen slurp-fest.

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5. Sushi Yoko 7124 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Norcross, GA 30071 (Norcross)

Walk down a long hallway, past a cloth-draped entrance, and you’ll be greeted in (surprise!) English... or maybe Japanese, but either way you'll then be seated for a very blue-collar ramen lunch. A stronger broth, pork belly, egg, spinach, and aromatics don’t try to be too fancy but will definitely fill you up to the point that you will probably get just one order of their unagi.

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6. Doc Chey's Dragon Bowl 1556 N Decatur Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Emory Point)

The most thorough build-your-own-bowl spot in Atlanta starts with noodles, then pork, shrimp, ribeye, chicken, shrimp, veggies, and a great variety of sauces. Just don't screw this up.

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7. Taka Sushi and Passion 385 Pharr Rd, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Buckhead)

You have limited windows during which you can hit this swanky wooden Buckhead food dojo -- between 11:30am-2pm for lunch during the week, and 5:30-10pm on the weekends for dinner -- but the shoyu and miso broth varieties are well-worth the effort.

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8. Pijiu Belly 678 10th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

The Korean Ramyun bowl at this new Westside location crams more ingredients in front of you than an all-the-way hash brown order at WaHoo. Bacon, carrots, fried eggs, and anything else they can find cover velvety noodles and a deliciously dark broth before inevitably finding their way to your belly.

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