Food & Drink

These are LA's 5 best ramen joints

Published On 10/22/2013 Published On 10/22/2013
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1. Tsujita Annex 2014 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

A small noodle house known for their extra-thick broth.

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2. Daikokuya 327 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

A mainstay in the ramen culture of LA (some may even argue that it started the trend), Daikokuya has been serving long lines of customers for years, satisfying them with its straightforward and scrumptious bowls of chewy noodles and rich broth, plus some stupid-good gyoza. Walk inside and you'll feel as though you've entered a bare-bones side-street shop in Tokyo. Slightly grungy and reverberating the sounds of loud Japanese orders and greetings, the space has red booths for you and your friends to squeeze into, and some counter seating, too.

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3. Yamadaya 11172 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

Yamadaya specializes in Tonkotsu ramen which is a rich, milky white pork based style that is the holy grail of ramen. The flavor is so delicious and rich, a combination created after more than 20 hours of boiling; the first ten hours are used to break the bones into flakes, and then the second ten hours, the broth is simmered to get the perfect genuine pork bone flavor. You can also create your own custom-topped ramen masterpiece, using the same broth base.

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4. Ikemen 1655 N LA Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

From Japanese-inspired sliders to something called a Zebra Dip, Ikemen is definitely a spot to check out.

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5. Robata JINYA 8050 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

The menu at Robata Jinya might be a bit perplexing at first due to the many options and combinations you can order, but once you sort out what you desire, this "robata-yaki" (fireside cooking) joint will send your taste buds to Tokyo while you sit comfortably in West Hollywood.