Atlanta’s ramen scene is a flavorful journey that takes you straight to the heart of Japanese culinary tradition. The city’s top ramen restaurants are havens of umami-rich broths, tender noodles, and an array of delectable toppings that come together to create a bowl of pure comfort and delight. From the rich and creamy tonkotsu broth to the spicy kick of tantanmen, Atlanta’s ramen establishments offer a diverse range of styles and flavors that cater to every palate. What sets these eateries apart is not just their commitment to authentic ingredients but the craftsmanship that goes into each bowl. These restaurants provide a warm atmosphere where every mouthful promises a taste of culinary perfection, regardless of whether you’re a seasoned connoisseur searching for the perfect bowl or a novice eager to experience the pleasures of this hearty cuisine. Come along with us as we embark on a noodle-focused tour of Atlanta’s top spots for this dish, where every bite turns into a trip back to Japan.
In between East Chastain Park and South Tuxedo Park you can find Atlanta’s JINYA Ramen Bar location. Known around the country for its broth that simmers for over 20 hours and handmade noodles, this is a great spot to take someone for their first authentic ramen experience. They know that a ramen dish is only as good as its broth, which is why they have six different broths to choose from–pork, chicken, vegetables, and more. Then, you can decide what else you want: vegan tofu, a choice of meats, vegetables, herbs, eggs, and sauces. My favorite though is the JINYA Tonkotsu Black with pork belly, seaweed, jammy egg, and spicy sauce.
Right off of Georgia Tech’s campus is Momonoki, a fast-casual Japanese restaurant with amazing ramen and a fully stocked bar. It’s the perfect weeknight dinner spot–fast, convenient, and oh-so-delicious! Brought to you by the same people who created Brush Sushi Izakaya, Momonoki is all about high-quality ingredients and traditional cooking methods. They have dipping ramen, classic ramen, brothless ramen, and a whole host of other Japanese dishes like katsu and rice bowls. I love their Yaza Shoyu classic ramen with pork belly cooked in chicken, fish, and pork broth for the ultimate savory dish best paired with dry Japanese sake.
Hotto Hotto Ramen and Teppanyaki is right by the Atlanta Zoo and downtown, making it the perfect lunch spot for a day trip to Atlanta. They offer dining inside, outside at their patio bar, or in the comfort of your home via delivery or take-out. It’s fast-casual dining at its best with a menu full of treats like rich ramen and fresh cucumber salads. They also have a full beverage list with craft cocktails, imported sake, Japanese and domestic beers, and wine. I love their chicken wonton ramen because you get the tasty ramen broth and the tender wonton dumplings in a huge portion, perfect for leftovers the next day.
KinNoTori Ramen Bar, just South of Piedmont park, is committed to making authentic ramen and other Japanese dishes for everyone to appreciate–whether it’s your first ramen experience or your 900th. The ramen is their specialty with eight different bases to get creative with including vegetarian and vegan options. They also have incredible skaters and small plates like braised pork buns, crispy Brussels sprouts, and stuffed octopus. When I’m looking for some heat, I go for the ultra spicy tori pasta in ramen with spicy paste and chili oil, seasoned ramen eggs, and crispy fried chicken.
In East Atlanta, Lifting Noodles Ramen is made to mimic the neighborhood ramen shops that dot the streets in cities like Tokyo and Kyoto. People loved their original East Atlanta locations so much, that they’ve expanded with five new locations! They have six standard bowls to choose from including the Village Classic pork bowl, the Angry Zuko Bowl with spicy broth, and the Spicy Miso Bowl with spicy creamy miso broth. You can also build your own with over 1,000 different combinations! I always go for the build-your-own with egg noodles, tonkatsu pork base, roasted pork belly, sweet corn and bean sprouts, and a soft-boiled egg, kimchi, fried onions, and pickled ginger–yum!
In the Sandy Springs area, Okiburo Tsukemen & Ramen is the only Atlanta ramen spot to be listed on the Michelin Bib Gourmand List–no easy feat! They use only the highest quality, freshest ingredients to make truly delectable Japanese dishes, specializing in ramen. To start your meal, you can choose from tasty starters like truffle garlic edamame, fried shrimp, or bao buns. Then it’s time for the main event: ramen. They have eight different classic ramen bowls to choose from and six more dipping ramen noodles if that’s more your thing. I love their Truffle Chintan Ramen with pork and a soft-boiled egg in a chicken and fish broth.
Right by the Historic Fourth Ward Park and inside of the Ponce City Market, Ton Ton Ramen and Yakitori is a fun and lively spot to dig into a bowl of homemade ramen! It’s great for catching up with friends or grabbing a solo bite to eat at lunchtime. They’ve got starters like seaweed and glass noodle salad, gyoza dumplings, or fried chicken wings. But make sure to leave room for their huge bowls of steaming hot ramen. They have four different bowl styles to seat with and then you can add toppings as you want. For a filling, but not too heavy lunch, I love getting the Yasai vegetable ramen with a jammy egg topped with a chili pasta bomb for some spice!
With locations in Emory and the Westside, Wagaya is a great go-to ramen spot with an extensive food and drink menu. They have salads, soups, seafood dishes, meat dishes, rice dishes, and vegetable dishes outside of their ramen menu. Their ramen, though, will have your mouth altering with its homemade broth and noodles. Choose from a classic porch broth, spicy broth, creamy pork broth, corn butter miso broth, or soy sauce broth paired with toppings of your choice. I go for the Ramen + Two deal where I get a bowl of spicy ramen and two spicy tuna rolls washed down with a Japanese Craft beer like a rice lager.
Tucked back in an unassuming strip mall by the 285 and 75 junction is the amazing Yakitori Jinbei! They serve up Korean and Japanese dishes that will make you keep coming back. In addition to other Korean and Japanese dishes, they have six different kinds of ramen: tonkotsu with pork belly, tan tan with minced pork, spicy Nappa with pork and cabbage, miso with fried tofu, katsu curry with a fried pork cutlet, and naruto with a fish cake, minced pork, and pork belly. Plus, your choice of 12 different toppings to add on. I always split an order of the crabstick dragon rolls and the spicy Nappa ramen with some crisp sake for the ultimate meal!
Conveniently located in midtown Atlanta, the family behind Eight Sushi Lounge and E Ramen + has been bringing in awards for their pork ramen and lobster ramen since before E Ramen + even existed. Ten different ramens await you with options like the award-winning lobster ramen, Wagyu beef ramen, or creamy vegan ramen. Stick with the set toppings with each bowl or add your own with over 20 different choices like ground pork, fried shrimp, or bean curd. I always have the lobster Raman because you can’t find it anywhere else. Served with butter garlic lobster, corn, a soft-boiled egg, green onions, and seasonal veggies in a lobster and miso broth, it’s to die for!
Pijiu Belly, by the Georgia Tech campus, is the ultimate Southern food meets Japanese cuisine fusion restaurant. They serve up their delicious etas with craft cocktails and beers for a fun date-night spot! With an entire page of their menu dedicated to Asian street food fusions like Super Nachos made with wonton wrappers and gochujang sauce. You can easily get distracted by their massive bowls of ramen. They have spicy dumplings ramen, pulled chicken ramen, fried tofu ramen, plus more! Their spicy bulgogi ramen is one of my favorite dishes ever thanks to the perfect fusion of Japanese ramen broth with Korean bulgogi beef and kimchi. Pair it with a local craft beer for a total fusion experience.
In west midtown Atlanta you can find the delicious and understated Ginya Izakaya serving up all of your Japanese dish favorites with a special emphasis on quality ramen. They’re also one of the most reasonably priced ramen spots with huge portions, so it’s a great spot for budget-minded foodies! They have six different base ramens from the classic Tonkotsu pork broth and belly bowl to the shoyu premium soy sauce broth with your choice of meats and toppings. I love the Tonkotsu ramen with their special thick noodles for a hearty and filling meal. It has a pork belly, a marinated egg, pickled ginger, bamboo shoots, and mushrooms, which makes it super filling!
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In between Cabbagetown and Oakland, Ramen Station is a local favorite for its steaming bowls of freshly made ramen. Built to look both like the neighborhood ramen shops of Japan and a classic American diner, it’s a fun spot to grab lunch or dinner. In addition to their famous ramen bowls, you can dig into Japanese fried chicken, tender steamed buns with pork or chicken filling, or fresh poke bowls. Their ramen comes in many different flavors, but the most popular are the creamy pork broth, spicy beef, and tons of vegan ramen options. I’m a big fan of the curry fried chicken tonkotsu with creamy curry broth, crispy fried chicken, marinated egg, and vegetables.
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