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Here Are Austin's 5 Best Ramen Joints

Published On 01/15/2014 Published On 01/15/2014
Best Ramen Austin
Dan Gentile
Ramen Tatsu-Ya
Komé
Dan Gentile
Dan Gentile
Dan Gentile
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1. Ramen Tatsu-Ya 8557 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78758 (North Central)

Nothing compares to the lovingly simmered broth made at Ramen Tatsu-ya. The gang here has managed to create a cult classic with their menu. Try their signature bowl of ramen is a rich, complex, pork bone broth filled with thin noodles, tender chashu pork (soy braised pork belly), a marinated soft boiled egg, wood ear mushrooms, scallions, and your choice of add-ins. There is often a line but service moves lightning fast.

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2. Daruma Ramen 612B E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701 (Dirty 6th)

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. Their delicious menu 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.

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3. Michi Ramen 6519 N Lamar, Austin, TX 78752 (Brentwood)

Michi turned its short-lived ramen trailer into a bona fide brick and mortar on North Lamar, peddling noodle-y wonderment in a 75ish-seater marked by thick, Japanese-inspired wood beams.

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4. East Side King at Hole in the Wall 2538 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705 (Utwest Campus)

The merger of Asian food truck, The East Side King, and beloved dive bar, Hole in the Wall, creates a space where food, culture, music, and nightlife converge. The iconic 70's building was restored as to its former glory as an underground live music haven with some added spice from the East (side of Austin). Fit for billiard and beer enthusiasts alike, East Side King at Hole in the Wall has pub-inspired grub with a far East flare. Try the Sapporo Beer Bacon Miso Ramen with bacon puree.

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5. Kome 4917 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751 (Hyde Park)

Designed by Japanese craftsmen, Kome has a modern atmosphere that compliments its homestyle Japanese comfort food. An extensive menu of Izakaya style meals and sushi rolls have influences from the owners' travels to other parts of Asia, with an added Austin flare.

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