Next up is L.A.-based chain JINYA Ramen Bar, which is serving up fresh ramen in downtown Los Angeles. Its latest location offers up specialty bowls like the JINYA Black Tonkotsu -- thin noodles in a rich pork bone broth with pork chashu, wood ear mushrooms and a seasoned egg.
Non-ramen fare is also on hand like poke mini "tacos" and Japanese-style curry rice. (You can check out the full menu here.)
JINYA Ramen Bar's current rating of 3.5 stars out of 38 reviews on Yelp indicates the newcomer is finding its way, but it's still early days.
Yelper Lou M., who reviewed it on June 20, wrote, "I tried the chef special and I kept getting it because it was consistently good to me. The small bites are all tasteful. The tacos were my favorite."
"I ordered the spicy tonkotsu ramen and an iced tea," shared Yelper Stacey D. "It was really quick service but the ramen was delicious. The noodles were perfect and the pork was tender."
JINYA Ramen Bar is open from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.