Of course, the original Ramen Burger is much simpler -- made with a lightly toasted ramen bun that sandwiches a grilled beef patty, a smear of secret sweet-savory shoyu sauce, arugula, and scallions. When reached by email after Red Robin's announcement, Shimamoto said he was "very flattered" by the big restaurant chain's take on his creation.
"I only wish they would have invited me to their tasting," he said. "Clearly it's not my original ramen burger, but I probably could have given them a few pointers on how to make it more authentic. Hopefully I'll at least get a gift card or something. ;)"
Hear that, Red Robin? Get the man a gift card.
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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and is looking forward to eating an authentic ramen burger at Smorgasburg sometime this spring or summer. Send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.