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Boston's 6 best bowls of ramen

Published On 12/10/2014 Published On 12/10/2014
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Jacqueline Dole
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1. Yume Wo Katare 1923 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140 (Porter Square)

Yume Wo Katare serves ramen, and nothing but ramen. Each bowl is filled with rich and silky broth, a mountain of long noodles, and thick-cut slices of tender pork. The portions are huge, and once you've slurped your last noodle, a waiter will give you a piece of paper to write your life goals, which will then be hung on the wall. The tiny Cambridge spot racks up quite a crowd, so be prepared to wait at peak lunch and dinner hours.

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2. Sapporo Ramen 1815 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140 (Porter Square)

Ensuring that Lesley students never go without ramen, this cash-only food court spot in Porter Exchange's Little Tokyo brings an authentic noodle game with 10 choices that range from house kim chi and curry, to sesame-flavored Tan Tan Men and the popular spicy miso w/ ground pork.

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3. Snappy Ramen 420 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02144 (Back Bay)

Housed in the old Snappy Sushi space, this noodle-focused joint still has great sushi, but be sure to try some of those brothy noodles, too.

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4. Pikaichi 1 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134 (Allston Brighton)

Allston ramen spot Pikaichi offers a variety of broth styles and arguably the most generous portions of noodles in the city. Most importantly, it's the only place in the city where you'll be able to find ramen available for take out. The thoughtful folks over at Pikaichi package the noodles and broth separately and even include instructions for preparing at home.

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5. Totto Ramen 169 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134 (Allston Brighton)

Totto's, the New York based ramen chain, hardly ceases to have a line during prime times. Specializing in Paitan-style chicken ramen, this is one of the thickest broths in the city. The broth is so thick, many people suspect an addition of potato or corn starch, but employees attribute this to the potatoes that simmer in the broth. Starch additives or not, sit back and watch the staff blowtorch the pork in front of your very eyes.

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6. Shojo 9 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111 (Chinatown)

Tucked away in Downtown Boston's Chinatown and named for a Japanese sea spirit, Shojo focuses their Asian fusion far on small plates of meats and steamed buns alongside savory noodle bowls. Much like its customers who order a slew of plates and share them amongst themselves, this hidden treasure covered with urban takes on famous Japanese art has also got a penchant for sake and inventive house cocktails.