If you couldn’t tell from our DC Pho Round-Up, BYT is a little more than obsessed with brothy noodle soups. Though your mileage may vary, while we love the silver rice noodle unique to pho, we’re HUGE SUCKERS for ramen. Give us those eggy, floury, crinkly noodles any day, piled high amidst broth, veggies, egg, meat and anything else you care to throw in there; to us, it’s heaven, and it’s just one of the reasons we are all about finding the best ramen spots for D.C.’s collective taste buds. We’ve rangled up some fabulous restaurants for a bite (and a ramen burger), all with some delectable options. From pork belly and lobster to pickled vegetables and fresh seasoning, it doesn’t get more delicious than this, D.C., so embrace the cold and slurp it up. It’s time to eat…
705 6th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Sapporo-style ramen by Chef Katsuya Fukushima of Think Food Group, Daisuke Utagawa–owner of Sushiko–and Yama Jewayni, one of the founders of 18th Street Lounge. It’s so good, in fact, that Bon Apetite named one of the country’s top 50 new restaurants in 2013. Check out our full ramen taste test here and our izakaya brunch taste test here.
Yo’ Broths: Shio (salt), Shoyu (soy sauce), miso. Vegan stock available.
Yo’ Stand-Bys: Nitamago (soy-marinated egg), bean sprouts, nori, sesame, scallions, butter, canned corn, wakame (sea weed), menma (bamboo shoots).
Yo’ Meat: Chasu (roast pork), ground pork, braised pork belly.
Yo’ Money: $11+
- Toki Underground
1234 H Street NE (above The Pug)
Washington, DC 20002
A classic cold-weather standby for any day of the week, Toki’s broth is hearty and rich (and their potstickers with endorphin sauce are to die for). The best part? They now serve lunch. Get your noodle on, DC.
Yo’ Broths: Tonkotsu triple stock, curry-infused Tonkotsu triple stock, roasted root vegetable soup, soybean-infused Tonkotsu triple stock.
Yo’ Stand-Bys: soft egg, red pickled ginger, sesame, scallions and nori. (Vegetarians get tofu, daikon, pickled cucumbers, shitake mushrooms, seasonal vegetables, sesame, scallions and nori.)
Yo’ Meat: chasu pulled pork, five spice fried chicken; add-ons include Chashu pork cheek and revolving specials like lobster balls.
Yo’ Money: $11-$12
*Chef’s note: these ramen dishes are inspired by Chef Yang’s experience at a Hakata Ramen shop in Taipei.
- Hashi Sushi
1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20007
Yo’ Broths: miso, spicy miso, pork, chicken, vegetable.
Yo’ Stand-Bys: misc. vegetables, scallions.
Yo’ Meat: pork, chicken, beef, tonkatsu, spicy baby pork rib.
Yo’ Money: $14.90
1817 Columbia Road NW
Washington, DC 20009
Yo’ Broths: triple stock, shoyu duck, pork and vegetarian.
Yo’ Stand-Bys: pork belly, duck confit, chicken confit, 24 hour tomato, pickled cucumbers, egg yolk, scallions, greens, purple potatoes, hanjuku tamago and more (full menu here).
Yo’ Money: $12-$15
- Rice (DC Noodles is temporarily closed; dishes currently served at Rice, its sister restaurant)
1608 14th Street NW
Washington, dc 20009
Yo’ Broths: Clear, Spicy or Soy.
Yo’ Stand-Bys: bean sprouts, carrots, string beans, cilantro, spring onion, bok choy, +/- ground peanuts, chili pepper, broccoli, mushroom and celery.
Yo’ Meat: chicken, pork, beef, shrimp, seafood, duck. (Vegetarian option of crispy or soft tofu.)
Yo’ Money: $12-$16
2441 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Yo’ Broths: chicken, pork, vegetarian (shitake mushroom).
Yo’ Stand-Bys: corn, bamboo shoots, green onion, fresh bean sprouts, mushroom.
Yo’ Meat: pork belly, bulgogi. (Vegetarian option is marinated portabella mushroom.)
Yo’ Money: $11-$15
781 7th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Yo’ Broths: pork.
Yo’ Stand-Bys: poached egg, mushroom, bok choy.
Yo’ Meat: pork belly.
Yo’ Money: $11
*Zengo only has one ramen option but it is delicious, trust us.
***We now present… THE RAMEN BURGER***
For those craving a more unconventional way to get your noodle fix, head to Degrees at the Ritz-Carlton in Geogetown for their new Ramen Sliders ($12) with hoisin sauce and Sriracha. Again, that’s a burger sandwiched between a bun of fried ramen, plus some scallions and delicious sauce. Thank you based kitchen magic.