Time Out Los Angeles
Sip, chew and slurp your way through these crave-worthy bowls of noodles with our guide to the best ramen in L.A.
With an explosion of ramen joints from West L.A. to the South Bay, you don’t have to look far (or fork over much) for this coveted, comforting dish. Stellar bowls of ramen can be found in upscale Japanese restaurants, hole-in-the-wall eateries, peppered throughout Little Tokyo, hiding in major shopping malls and, at this point, all over the city. Whether you like your broth tonkotsu (long-simmered pork bone), miso, shoyu (soy) or shio (salt) flavored—or are in the mood for ramen from Tokushima or any other given part of Japan—noodle options are aplenty. We’ve picked out our favorite ramen spots with bowls worth slurping.
It seems as though you can’t drive in any direction without stumbling upon at least one ramen joint boasting about its tonkotsu broth. Despite all the new shops spouting up in the city, one of the earliest tonkotsu specialists is still the best: Jinya offers a full slate of pork-based ramen, all of which smack strong with not only pork, but also what someone might tell you is an “industrial” amount of dashi and dried fish; purists can order the Tonkotsu Black for a garlicky and straightforward approach to this soup; for the adventurous, there’s the Tonkotsu Spicy, which stays true to its name. Of course, if you’re not into tonkotsu at all, Jinya also offers one of our favorite vegan bowls in the city: the spicy creamy vegan, made garlicky and studded with tofu, greens and sesame. Locations include Studio City, Mid-Wilshire, DTLA, Santa Monica, Hollywood and Burbank.