IT IS SO COLD. Which means it is perfect time for a BYT Ramen Round Up – now handily updated for our 2017 needs. 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…
Before we start the general guide a few important bullet points:
- VEGETARIAN AND A FAN OF RAMEN?: READ THIS.
- Can you make a ramen ice-cream sandwich? We tried. We certainly tried.
501 G Street NW
The ramen mad geniuses behind Daikaya are back at it again, but this time they’re focusing on the light (yet complex) style of chicken ramen. They’re also serving fried chicken. And did I mention they were doing all of this out of a beautifully / weirdly renovated Burger King? Yo’ Broths: Shoyu, shio, miso, spicy miso, and shoyu chintan.
Yo’ Stand-Bys: Corn / edamame, spice bomb, wakame, onsen egg, nitamago, nori, menma, just corn, and butter.
Yo’ Meat: Shredded chicken, roasted chicken, pulled chicken.
Yo’ Money: $12+
1501 9th Street NW
Yo’ Broths: Veggie shio, tonkatsu, miso, stamina spicy, Asian spicy sour, shoyu.
Yo’ Stand-Bys: Bok choy, butter corn, scallion, wakame, stamina egg, fried tofu, bamboo shoots, nori.
Yo’ Meat: Pork, pork belly chasu, chicken, bacon, gyoza.
Yo’ Money: $12+
705 6th Street NW
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), spicy miso, mugi-miso, and vegan.
Yo’ Stand-Bys: Nitamago (soy-marinated egg), bean sprouts, nori, sesame, scallions, butter, canned corn, wakame (sea weed), menma (bamboo shoots), and bakudan “spice bomb”.
Yo’ Meat: Chasu (roast pork), ground pork.
Yo’ Money: $12+
DELIVERY: Kind of? Uber Eats will allow you to order their cold ramen, but it’s not quite the same.
805 V Street NW
And just when you thought you couldn’t get enough of the Daikaya team, they gave us a second ramen joint. Haikan is a Sapporo style ramen shop, just like Daikaya, so if you’re still having problems getting a seat over there, make your way on over to Shaw. At Haikan they’ve focused on recreating ramen from the showa period, but if you’re not a history buff, don’t worry about it. All you need to know is that the ramen is GOOD.
Yo’ Broths: Shio, shoyu, spicy shoyu, miso, and vegetable.
Yo’ Stand-Bys: Veggie spice bomb, non-veggie spice bomb, wakame, nori, nitamago, menma, and corn.
Yo’ Meats: Chashu.
Yo’ Money: $12+
1090 I Street NW
Maybe you heard about this but David Chang has a DC noodle shop now.
Yo’ Broths: Beef, Scallion and Black Winter Truffle Ramen
Yo’ Stand-Bys: The menu offers 4 variations: Black Winter Truffle Ramen (Perigold truffles, egg yolk, hozon), Momofuku Ramen (pork belly, pork shoulder, poached egg), Momofuku Beef Noodle Soup (brisket, baby bok choy, black pepper), Hozon Ramen (scallion, kale, panisse).
Also try: the Kimchi Stew
Yo’ Money: $14-$48 FOR THAT BLACK TRUFFLE GOLD.
OKI Bowl DC & Sake
1817 M Street NW
Yo’ Broths: Tom yum, miso, kimchi, curry.
Yo’ Stand-Bys: Nippon tofu, Mushroom, kimchi, Seasonal Vegetable, soft/hard boiled egg, roasted sweet corn, bamboo shoot, nori, spicy ball, bean sprout, fried wonton.
Yo’ Meat: Chicken cutlet, Fried prawn, Pork belly
Yo’ Money: $10+
2441 18th Street NW
Yo’ Broths: Shoyu, tonkotsu, spicy miso, vegetarian.
Yo’ Stand-Bys: Menma, scallions, nori, sprouts, kimchi, corn, mushrooms.
Yo’ Meat: Pork belly, bulgogi, chashu.
Yo’ Money: $11+
1234 H Street NE (above The Pug)
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, D.C.
Yo’ Broths: Tonkotsu triple stock, curry-infused Tonkotsu triple stock, red miso infusion, kimchi infusion, roasted root vegetable soup.
Yo’ Stand-Bys: soft egg, red pickled ginger, and scallions, sesame seeds, nitamago, Toki Endorphin sauce and nori. Vegetarians get tofu, daikon, seasonal pickles, shitake mushrooms, greens, and marinated kombu.
Yo’ Meat: Braised pork, fried chicken, pork belly, pork cheek, and roasted pulled pork.
Yo’ Money: $13+
4000 Wilson Blvd (entrance on N. Quincy Street) Arlington, VA 22203
Yo’ Broths: Pork, Tonkotsu, spicy crab, chicken, soy milk-veggie.
Yo’ Stand-Bys: Mushrooms, soft egg, scallions, seasonal veggies, sesame, bean sprouts, kimchi, butter, corn, nitamago, tofu, bambo.
Yo’ Meat: Crispy pork belly, shrimp tempura, house-made spam, blue crab, chicken meatballs, beef.
Yo’ Money: $14+