1. Lan Zhou5385 New Peachtree Rd, Atlanta
2. Yakitori Jinbei2421 Cobb Pkwy SE, Smyrna
3. Raku Ramen810 Marietta St, Atlanta
4. Makan, Restaurant & Bar130 Clairemont Ave, Decatur
5. Sushi Yoko7124 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Norcross
6. Doc Chey's Dragon Bowl1556 N Decatur Rd NE, Atlanta
7. Taka Sushi and Passion385 Pharr Rd, Atlanta
8. Pijiu Belly678 10th St NW, Atlanta
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.