What you're getting: Shio ramen, chicken kara age, black pepper chuhai cocktail
Although Portland's Biwa does much more than ramen, its noodles were good enough to earn a spot on our list of best in the country. So it's no surprise that its new, dedicated ramen-ya, Noraneko, is receiving high praise. The straightforward menu eschews the ever-popular tonkotsu in favor of subtler shio, shoyu, and miso broths, and also features snacks like chicken kara age. The full menu is served until 2am, along with a a serious sake list and a list of seldom-seen soju cocktails.