Today is the dreariest, coldest day in Atlanta. Naturally, all I can think about is ramen. Hot, steaming bowls of amzingly rich broth, noodles, an assortment of toppings such as: a soft boiled egg, roasted pork and spinach, are on my mind. These places are definitely an upgrade from your store-bought variety. They are complex, comforting and absolutely delicious.
Atlanta has a variety of different locations that you can get the perfect-on-a-cold-day soup. These are my favorites.
Umaido– Hands down my favorite. This place is tucked away in an all Asian strip mall in Suwannee. Don’t let location appearance fool you, this place is beyond amazing. There are a number of different ramens, rice bowls, pork buns,etc. If you’re feeling up to it, they have a ramen challenge… eat four bowls of ramen in 20 minutes. Not for the faint of heart!
Raku– I’ve been to both locations, in Duluth and Midtown. I’m partial to the one on Marietta Street in the city. Their donburi/ramen combo is my favorite. Spicy Tonkatsu ramen is my go to. The hotter the better. As an added bonus, they have fun Ramune’s where you push the glass ball down before sipping fruity, Korean soda.
Octopus Bar– The first time I heard about Octopus Bar was on Anthony Bourdain’s The Layover. Of course I made it my mission to make my way there since Anthony is my hero (I just finished Kitchen Confidential,and it was brilliant!). The restaurant is a favorite of chefs, bartenders and other late-night Atlantans. After a night of bar hopping, swing by for a hot bowl of sobering soup!
There’s a Ramen Freak pop up at The Sound Table that I am dying to go to. It’s Monday nights starting at 5:00. Last time I attempted to go it was closed, but I’ll definitely keep trying! Side note: cocktails at The Sound Table on Edgewood are killer.
Happy ramen slurping, friends!!