8 Places to Get Your Ramen Fix in Houston

By Amber Ambrose  |  January 14, 2014
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The hottest dish - or should we say bowl - in Houston is ramen. The craze has reached a fever pitch with two dedicated restaurants opening up in the second half of last year and two more coming in 2014. If you're looking for your next fix, we recommend these eight places for gotta-have-it Japanese noodle soup.

  • Kata Robata

    Upper Kirby's sushi and modern Japanese gem also gets ramen right. They've always been trendsetters, so it's no surprise that they were serving bowls of richly flavored broths and noodles before it became a standing-in-line worthy dish.

    Know before you go: The ramen is great, but don't leave without trying the sushi.

    3600 Kirby Dr.; 713-526-8858

  • Soma Sushi

    A sibling to the aforementioned Kata Robata, it makes sense that Soma would also offer quality bowls of ramen. And that they do - six varieties of all - including a duck confit, vegetarian and black bean variation.

    Know before you go: It's got a clubby vibe in the evenings, especially nearing the weekend. Lunch is a more laid-back affair.

    4820 Washington Ave.; 713-861-2726

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    Ramen Jin

    This small dining room inside a West Houston strip center feels cozy, with custom wooden furnishings throughout. There are six types of ramen to choose from, a small selection of snacks like Japanese-fried chicken, seaweed salad and pork dumplings as well as small rice bowls.

    Know before you go: To ensure freshness, there's a no-carryout policy on their ramen.

    11181 Westheimer Rd.; 713-278-8702

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    Tiger Den

    This hip Chinatown offering has been going strong since it opened late last year. Be sure to arrive early, as the restaurant does sell out of ramen from time to time.

    Know before you go: While the ramen gets plenty of press here, the yakitori items are not to be overlooked.

    9889 Bellaire Blvd.; 832-804-7755

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    Goro & Gun 

    Come for the ramen, stay for the drinks, atmosphere and just about everything else on the menu. Noodle soup is simply the gateway drug at Goro & Gun, and you'll probably be hooked after the first visit.

    Know before you go: It's located along the rail line. If Downtown parking makes your palms sweaty, find a spot somewhere down Main and hop on the train for easy access (and a super fun way to orchestrate a bar/restaurant crawl).

    308 Main St.; 832-708-6195

  • Fat Bao 

    While this Upper Kirby destination's specialty is steamed buns (bao), Mondays and Tuesdays after 5 PM mean ramen is also on the menu. Ramen options have ranged from green curry to a Christmas-theme with ham, sweet potatoes and corn and change every week.

    Know before you go: This place is uber casual with counter-service and a laid-back environment. There's also a location in Sugar Land if you live in the 'burbs.

    3419 Kirby Dr.; 713-677-0341

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    Kubo's Sushi Bar & Grill 

    There's only one kind of ramen here, but it's the most sought after version. Tonkotsu is available at both lunch and dinner for a quick fix in the Rice Village area.

    Know before you go: There's also a more casual Chinatown branch of Kubo's with a larger selection of ramen on the menu.

    2414 University Blvd.; 713-528-7878

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    Teppay Japanese Restaurant

    If Japanese businessmen frequent this place, it must be legit. By the same logic (and on the tips of a few of our ramen-loving friends), we'll deduce that the tonkotsu ramen there is also legit. People also praise this shopping-center-located sushi house for its authenticity and great vibe.

    Know before you go: The sushi bar is the most exciting place to sit. Watch the chefs in action, ask them about the dishes and enjoy the show.

    6516 Westheimer Rd. A2; 713-789-4506