Food & Drink

Downtown finally gets a ramen shop

The only way ramen could be any hotter right now is if it teamed up with James Franco to rob college kids, so it's only natural one of the key players in Austin's noodle renaissance would expand into the prime 6th St real estate that formerly housed the offices of the Alamo Drafthouse.Obviously named after the doll of a legless Buddist monk, Daruma's a tiny 28-seat Kome offshoot slinging a short-but-sweet menu that eschews their signature pork tonkatsu broth in favor of whole chicken broth. Deliciousness includes the Shio (roasted chicken, boiled egg, bok choy, sesame seeds, goji berry), hybrid chicken/seafood stock Shoyu, a Miso holdover from their first location (ground chicken, soy sauce-flavored boiled egg, shredded red pepper), and even a Vegan option.