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Ramen Nation

A (very informal) Global Nation survey. What's the best place to get a bowl of ramen? Tell us where and why by following this board, creating a pin and sending it to us (click Send and then type in Public Radio International). Or tweet with #ramennation.

Ramen Nation

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Annette Carver Binerer throws in a vote from Lincoln.

Amu ma nu Ramen Bar

Asian Restaurant

Lynn Nakagawa writes: Another great ramen place is Jimbo's. Their noodles are made by hand at the restaurant every day and have an amazing texture, a little elastic and chewy. I normally take pictures of my meals, but the only pic I can find is of their cold noodle salad, which is wonderful on a hot day. Or any day.

Jimbo Restaurant

Japanese Restaurant

1936 S King St #103
Honolulu , HI

(808) 947-2211

Haley Dale shares this image and writes: "So much to love - A tiny chef owned seafood restaurant with a Peruvian and Nikkei spin - delicious! Omaha has a brilliant culinary culture. The smart traveler no longer flies over - they stop for dinner!"

Taita Restaurant

Seafood Restaurant

6109 Maple St
Omaha , NE

(402) 558-2482

Roy Arellano writes: "I've been living in Japan for the past three years and have been very fortunate to taste the best. I'm hesitant to believe that the ramen state-side can compete, but I hope it does cause I will miss Japanese Ramen. Best Ramen I've had? I have to say the ramen at Nidai-me Genkotsu-ya, which is located at the Ramen Museum in Yokohama Japan."

新横浜ラーメン博物館 (Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum)


横浜市 , 神奈川県

+81 45-471-0503

Antell votes for the nagoya ramen at Yakitori yakyudori off Convoy Street. "You will not find it. Get someone who knows to take you."

Yakyudori Yakitori & Ramen

Ramen / Noodle House

4898 Convoy St
San Diego , CA

(858) 268-2888

Brian Grace says Ramen Shop "is a must try in the Bay Area." The folks at Ramen Shop add: "And we have Oro de Calabaza on tap!"

Ramen Shop

Ramen / Noodle House

5812 College Ave
Oakland , CA

(510) 788-6370

Vote from Jeff Ravitz: Best local ramen in my neighborhood is Jinya Ramen in Studio City. Why? Flavor, noodle texture.

Ramen Jinya

Ramen / Noodle House

11239 Ventura Blvd, Ste 109
Studio City , CA

(818) 980-3977

Kirsten Salyer tweets her vote.

Momofuku Noodle Bar

Ramen / Noodle House

171 1st Ave
New York , NY

(212) 777-7773

Lynn Nakagawa votes for Yotekko-Ya, in a Honolulu shopping center.

McCully Shopping Center


1960 Kapiolani Blvd
Honolulu , HI

Tara Ender Erson's vote: "We just returned from a trip to Japan, and are glad to know for sure that Monta is AWESOME."

Monta Japanese Noodle House

Ramen / Noodle House

5030 Spring Mountain Rd
Las Vegas , NV

(702) 367-4600

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    +1 from Steven Duane Cameron: "Definitely Monta Ramen Vegas"

Ramen from the popular Tsujita Tokyo booth at the Ramen Yokocha 2014 festival in Los Angeles. From Monica Campbell's story about learning to slurp with the masters.

Santa Anita Park


285 W Huntington Dr
Arcadia , CA

(626) 574-7223

Global Nation editor Monica Campbell's pick: "Great broth/egg/roasted pork, not too heavy."

Men Oh Tokushima Ramen

Ramen / Noodle House

5120 Geary Blvd
San Francisco , CA

(415) 386-8802

Brendan Liszanckie ‏tweets his pick and a photo of delicious ramen: "Pork buns, then salmon roll. Now on to the ramen at Miyake! Great food!"


Japanese Restaurant

468 Fore St
Portland , ME

(207) 871-9170

Evan Wexler makes his pin via Twitter: "How is Totto Ramen not on there yet? It's the platonic form of Ramen. This is a great idea, btw."

Totto Ramen

Ramen / Noodle House

366 W 52nd St
New York , NY

(212) 582-0052

Bradley Campbell writes: "My vote for best ramen shop in the US? Yume Wo Katare in Cambridge, MA. (Look for the long line out the door.)"

Yume wo Katare

Ramen / Noodle House

1923 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge , MA

(617) 714-4008

Christine Chiao writes: "I lean on Santouka - quick, good, not too heavy. Tsujita LA for days I don't plan to eat much else."

Tsujita LA

Ramen / Noodle House

2057 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles , CA

(310) 231-7373

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    Tien @queenqueg on Twitter says: "terrific ramen + tsukemen at tsujita. it has an add'l loc across the street (tsujita annex) w/different menu; fav there is tsukemen"

Bryan Hartzheim chooses めとき Metoki in Tokyo. He writes: "I have a different favorite bowl everyday! But this place comes pretty damn close."

新大久保駅 (Shin-Ōkubo Sta.)

Train Station

新宿区 , 東京都

Saili S. Kulkarni's pick. She writes: "I like the perfumed eggs that come with ramen here."

Umami Ramen & Dumpling Bar

Ramen / Noodle House

923 Williamson St
Madison , WI

(608) 819-6319

Chris Nettles writes: "It is a very authentic Sapporo-style ramen noodle house. The place has a great vibe and the spice bomb (to spice up your dish) is mind-blowing!"


Ramen / Noodle House

705 6th St NW
Washington , D.C.

(202) 589-1600

Vanessa Hua writes: "One night the server came down the line and said 'only ten bowls left' -- we were the last lucky ones. The people behind us glumly said, 'I guess we can go to Fresh Choice' -- which seems like no choice at all! I like it too because it's in a suburban strip mall. Not all great ethnic food are in cities."

Santa Ramen

Ramen / Noodle House

1944 S El Camino Real
San Mateo , CA

(650) 344-5918

Ralph Litzinger sent this photo and writes: "It's a kind of high end butcher here in Durham; all their meats are 'local' and they do all the butchering on site. They this use their own freshly slaughtered pork back and they only make the ramen on Wednesdays until it runs out. I like it in large part because it is served up in an unlikely place."

Rose's Meat Market and Sweet Shop

Deli / Bodega

121 N Gregson St
Durham , NC

(919) 797-2233

Shefali Kulkarni writes: "This popular ramen spot in Washington, D.C. has some amazingly spicy ramen. I used to go there when I was warding off a cold and the spicy broth would always clear me up. Randomly, they also made amazing mushroom dumplings."


Ramen / Noodle House

2441 18th St NW
Washington , D.C.

(202) 656-5285

Vincent Lim writes: "I think the best place to get ramen in LA is Daikokuya, but I haven't tried Tsujita yet. It's always a long wait to get in, but the tasty ramen broth is worth it."


Ramen / Noodle House

327 E 1st St
Los Angeles , CA

(213) 626-1680

Katie Coats writes: "Tiger Den opened up back in November. 1st place in Houston dedicated to ramen and yakitori. (It's great)"

Tiger Den

Ramen / Noodle House

9889 Bellaire Blvd Ste D-230
Houston , TX

(832) 804-7755

I know Los Angeles has tons of great places to eat ramen, and new ones opening everyday. But Santouka is my joint. Order the special pork and have an awesome, hits-the-spot lunch. Public Radio International


Ramen / Noodle House

3760 S Centinela Ave
Los Angeles , CA

(310) 391-1101