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8 Bowls of Must-Try Ramen in Philadelphia

By Danya Henninger
March 4, 2014
Photo by: Danya Henninger

Across the country - or at least on both coasts - ramen is still hot (we’re talking temperature and trend, here). There are near-endless variations on the Japanese soup, so you can slurp a lot of it and not get bored. Before the chill releases us from its grasp, find your way to one of these 8 restaurants for a must-try bowl of ramen in Philadelphia.

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    Cheu Noodle Bar

    Best Bowl: Miso ramen with pork shoulder, egg, sea beans, bean sprouts, scallion and black garlic.

    Price: $13

    Slurp-Savvy Tip: If you tried the ramen when this Wash West shop first opened, definitely go back for another round, because chef Ben Puchowitz has made huge strides with his deeply flavorful broth.

    255 S. 10th St.; 267-639-4136

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    Hiro Ramen

    Best Bowl: Chicken shoyu ramen with free-range organic chicken, soy-konbu broth, pork belly, egg, bamboo, scallion, nori and naruto (the signature spiral cured fish slice).

    Price: $9

    Slurp-Savvy Tip: A weekday lunch special brings an appetizer, a salad and the ramen for a total of $12.

    1102 Chestnut St.; 215-939-5558

  • Terakawa Ramen

    Best Bowl: Terakawa (signature) ramen, with broth made from heritage Berkshire pork bones and chashu, kikurage mushrooms, red ginger, bamboo, scallions and egg.

    Price: $9

    Slurp-Savvy Tip: If you’re really hungry, order “extra” noodles (they come on the side, but drop them in right away) for just $1.50 more.

    204 N. Ninth St.; 267-687-1355

  • Nom Nom Ramen

    Best Bowl: Karai miso, a spicy tonkotsu broth with chashu (braised pork belly), kikurage mushrooms, bamboo, scallion, naruto, scallions and black garlic.

    Price: $8.50/$10.75

    Slurp-Savvy Tip: The courtesy of separate containers for noodles and broth makes takeout a viable option. Also know that unless you’re using LevelUp, it’s cash only.

    20 S. 18th St.; 215-988-0898

  • Ramen Bar

    Best Bowl: Green curry ramen, a fusion of spicy curry and tonkotsu broth with chashu, egg, bean sprouts, kikurage mushrooms, red ginger, sesame and scallions.

    Price: $10

    Slurp-Savvy Tip: Since the traditional ramens here can vary wildly in quality, branch out and try something new - there’s also a Thai-style tom yum ramen on the menu.

    4040 Locust St.; 215-243-9999

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    Morimoto

    Best Bowl: Iron Chef’s chicken noodle soup, a shoyu broth actually made of chicken, beef and pork with scallions and large shreds of chicken.

    Price: $13

    Slurp-Savvy Tip: Though the bowl is listed as an appetizer, it’s of decent size. Pair it with a few sushi selections and you’ll get what passes for a value dinner at this luxe establishment.

    723 Chestnut St.; 215-413-9070

  • Zento

    Best Bowl: Tonkotsu ramen with pork collar.

    Price: $10

    Slurp-Savvy Tip: Originally available only at lunchtime, the ramen is now also on the dinner menu, so you can pair it with one of the unique-in-Philly shochu (Japanese distilled spirits) options.

    132 Chestnut St.; 215-925-9998

  • Tampopo

    Best Bowl: Tampopo (signature) ramen, spicy beef-pork-chicken broth with chashu, bean sprouts, scallions and egg.

    Price: $9

    Slurp-Savvy Tip: Although there’s also a Rittenhouse location, the ramen is a University City-only menu item. (In Rittenhouse, get the bibimbop instead.)

    269 S. 44th St.; 215-386-3866

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Places Mentioned

Tampopo

Japanese • Spruce Hill

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Morimoto

Japanese • Washington Square West

Food28 Decor27 Service26 Cost$74
 
 
 
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CHeU noodle bar

Japanese • Washington Square West

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