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Jeff Osaka’s urban-underground noodle bar has an Asian food-friendly wine list, stellar izakaya-inspired small plates, and ramen, which reflects the chef-owner’s painstaking R&D. You’ve got your lighter, chicken-based shio (salt) and shoyu (soy-flavored) broths; your medium-textured miso broth, made with chicken and pork; and your intense, whole-hog tonkotsu broth -- each distinguished by its own mix of toppings, from braised pork shoulder to black-garlic oil. Oh, and there’s a meatless alternative for the plant-eating poors who don’t know what they’re missing in the juxtaposition of velvety pork belly and a perfectly soft egg.

Denver

Osaka Ramen

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Jeff Osaka’s urban-underground noodle bar has an Asian food-friendly wine list, stellar izakaya-inspired small plates, and ramen, which reflects the chef-owner’s painstaking R&D. You’ve got your lighter, chicken-based shio (salt) and shoyu (soy-flavored) broths; your medium-textured miso broth, made with chicken and pork; and your intense, whole-hog tonkotsu broth -- each distinguished by its own mix of toppings, from braised pork shoulder to black-garlic oil. Oh, and there’s a meatless alternative for the plant-eating poors who don’t know what they’re missing in the juxtaposition of velvety pork belly and a perfectly soft egg.