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The Best Bets for Ramen Around Atlanta

From traditional tonkotsu and spicy shoyu to brothless and dipping ramen

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With only a handful of really solid ramen options available just a few years ago, recent restaurant openings throughout Atlanta have made finding bowls of delicious hot ramen of varying styles and degrees of heat to slurp even easier these days. Here are a few restaurants to check out to satisfy that ramen craving, especially on rainy days in Atlanta.

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Yakitori Jinbei

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Look for ramen in both standard and spicy tonkotsu options, focused on a tasty pork broth, at this Japanese-Korean restaurant in Smyrna. Yakitori Jinbei also serves sushi, a variety of udon, Korean fried chicken, and truffled edamame on its menu.

Wagamama

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This is the first location of the Japanese restaurant to open in Georgia, and to open in the South. Located at Star Metals complex, Wagamama is known for its ramen, including grilled duck and shirodashi pork. Expect other dishes like donburi rice bowls, curries, and teppanyaki paired with wine, sake, and a selection of Asian beers.

Pijiu Belly

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The menu for this west side “Asian fusion” spot includes hae mul, tonkotsu, and shio ramen, as well as a Korean ramyun bowl full of noodles, meat, and vegetables.

Wagaya Japanese Restaurant

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Wagaya serves several different varieties of ramen on its menu, including white, red, and black tonkotsu, at both its Home Park and Emory Village locations. Make sure to check out Wagaya’s Japanese grocery store located next to the restaurant on 14th Street.

Momonoki

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Chef Jason Liang and John Chen (Cuddlefish, Brush Sushi) opened Momonoki on the corner of 8th and Williams in Midtown in 2018. Traditional tonkotsu ramen, along with tsukemen, or “dipping ramen”, with noodles served in a separate bowl, are among the slurping soup options here.

E Ramen +

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The owners behind Eight Sushi Lounge in Westside opened a restaurant dedicated to ramen in Midtown. E Ramen serves a variety of different ramens on its menu, including Eight Sushi’s popular lobster ramen, vegetarian and vegan options, and dry ramen.

Okiboru Tsukemen & Ramen

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The LA import opened in 2019 at the Modera complex on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. Okiboru specializes in tsukemen or “dipping ramen,” where noodles are served in a separate bowl and then dunked into a bowl of hot broth before eating. The restaurant makes its own noodles and also offers a small selection of other ramen beyond tsukemen and snacks like ebi karage (crispy fried shrimp.) There’s also a location in Buckhead.

Hotto Hotto Ramen & Teppanyaki

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Located at the Beacon in Grant Park, Hotto Hotto serves over 10 types of ramen on its menu, including the classic tonkotsu, a spicy seafood ramen loaded with shrimp, mussels, squid, and kamaboko, curry ramen, and brothless ramens, like a barbecue chashu or a bowl served with teppanyaki chicken slices.

Jinya Ramen Bar

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The Los Angeles-based chain now features multiple locations in and around Atlanta, including its latest behind the Plaza Theatre in Poncey-Highland. Lines pile up in anticipation of Jinya's unusual takes such as the “cha cha cha” ramen, a tonkotsu pork broth augmented with garlic.

KinNoTori Ramen Bar

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The menu here features a selection of chicken broth-based ramen, ranging from mild to spicy, served with a choice of fried or grilled chicken, along with a seafood ramen and vegetarian ramen with bamboo shoots, fried onions, sweet corn, and scallions. There’s an option to add additional proteins to ramen bowls, like chashu pork, fish cakes, or fried tofu as well as extra noodles.

KAWA 18 RAMEN

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Those seeking ramen on the south side of Atlanta should check out Kawa 18 for tonkotsu, miso, and vegetable ramen paired with bubble tea

Tucked away in a corner of the Cheshire Square shopping plaza and adjacent to Tara Cinemas, Hajime offers up traditional tonkotsu ramen in both spicy and ultra-spicy varieties just like its sister restaurant to the north, Umaido. Vegetarians have the option of ordering the “green” ramen, which is made with vegetable broth and served with scallions, corn, and bell peppers. Ramen Bar by Hajime is also open in Alpharetta.

Lifting Noodles Ramen

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With three Atlanta-area locations in East Atlanta Village, the Battery Atlanta in Cobb County, and in Duluth, the popular ramen stall born out of the Global Grub Collective in EAV (now Qommunity) continues to serve up its piping hot variations on traditional tonkotsu ramen, along with vegetarian ramen and a spicy seafood ramen.

Paopao Ramen Factory & Bar

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Pao Pao Ramen shop opened in the Toco Hill Shopping Center in 2018 and serves several variations of ramen on its menu, including mild and spicy versions of tonkotsu, miso, dan dan, curry, and vegetarian ramen. There’s also a location in Buford now.

Hiro Ramen & Tea Bar

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This Decatur restaurant and bubble tea bar serves mapo ramen, brothless ramen (mazeman), dipping ramen (tsukemen), and Sapporo miso ramen on its menu. There’s also traditional tonkotsu and shoyu ramen here.

Gohan Market

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This Japanese grocery store in Peachtree Corners features a small counter-service restaurant in back called Okazu Cafe. Regulars swear by the Fujiyama red ramen with rich and creamy tonkotsu broth spiced with a chili miso paste and the Fujiyama black mixed with black garlic oil. The cafe also serves udon and other noodles dishes, along with karaage, shrimp tempura, and a small selection of sushi, but the ramen here tends to be the most popular choice. Gohan includes a few grab-and-go foods, too, like katsu egg salad and fruit salad sandwiches and onigiri. A few seats are available for dining in at tables and along a railing near Okazu Cafe.

Haru Ichiban Japanese Restaurant

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This sushi bar tucked away in a Duluth shopping center offers several ramen variations on its menu, including chicken karaage, seafood, and spicy tan tan ramen.

Located in Suwanee, Umaido’s guests pass the kitchen upon entry before sitting down and choosing dishes rolled out on a cart. Go for the spicy miso ramen or wasabi shoyu ramen here.

Yakitori Jinbei

Look for ramen in both standard and spicy tonkotsu options, focused on a tasty pork broth, at this Japanese-Korean restaurant in Smyrna. Yakitori Jinbei also serves sushi, a variety of udon, Korean fried chicken, and truffled edamame on its menu.

Wagamama

This is the first location of the Japanese restaurant to open in Georgia, and to open in the South. Located at Star Metals complex, Wagamama is known for its ramen, including grilled duck and shirodashi pork. Expect other dishes like donburi rice bowls, curries, and teppanyaki paired with wine, sake, and a selection of Asian beers.

Pijiu Belly

The menu for this west side “Asian fusion” spot includes hae mul, tonkotsu, and shio ramen, as well as a Korean ramyun bowl full of noodles, meat, and vegetables.

Wagaya Japanese Restaurant

Wagaya serves several different varieties of ramen on its menu, including white, red, and black tonkotsu, at both its Home Park and Emory Village locations. Make sure to check out Wagaya’s Japanese grocery store located next to the restaurant on 14th Street.

Momonoki

Chef Jason Liang and John Chen (Cuddlefish, Brush Sushi) opened Momonoki on the corner of 8th and Williams in Midtown in 2018. Traditional tonkotsu ramen, along with tsukemen, or “dipping ramen”, with noodles served in a separate bowl, are among the slurping soup options here.

E Ramen +

The owners behind Eight Sushi Lounge in Westside opened a restaurant dedicated to ramen in Midtown. E Ramen serves a variety of different ramens on its menu, including Eight Sushi’s popular lobster ramen, vegetarian and vegan options, and dry ramen.

Okiboru Tsukemen & Ramen

The LA import opened in 2019 at the Modera complex on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. Okiboru specializes in tsukemen or “dipping ramen,” where noodles are served in a separate bowl and then dunked into a bowl of hot broth before eating. The restaurant makes its own noodles and also offers a small selection of other ramen beyond tsukemen and snacks like ebi karage (crispy fried shrimp.) There’s also a location in Buckhead.

Hotto Hotto Ramen & Teppanyaki

Located at the Beacon in Grant Park, Hotto Hotto serves over 10 types of ramen on its menu, including the classic tonkotsu, a spicy seafood ramen loaded with shrimp, mussels, squid, and kamaboko, curry ramen, and brothless ramens, like a barbecue chashu or a bowl served with teppanyaki chicken slices.

Jinya Ramen Bar

The Los Angeles-based chain now features multiple locations in and around Atlanta, including its latest behind the Plaza Theatre in Poncey-Highland. Lines pile up in anticipation of Jinya's unusual takes such as the “cha cha cha” ramen, a tonkotsu pork broth augmented with garlic.

KinNoTori Ramen Bar

The menu here features a selection of chicken broth-based ramen, ranging from mild to spicy, served with a choice of fried or grilled chicken, along with a seafood ramen and vegetarian ramen with bamboo shoots, fried onions, sweet corn, and scallions. There’s an option to add additional proteins to ramen bowls, like chashu pork, fish cakes, or fried tofu as well as extra noodles.

KAWA 18 RAMEN

Those seeking ramen on the south side of Atlanta should check out Kawa 18 for tonkotsu, miso, and vegetable ramen paired with bubble tea

Hajime

Tucked away in a corner of the Cheshire Square shopping plaza and adjacent to Tara Cinemas, Hajime offers up traditional tonkotsu ramen in both spicy and ultra-spicy varieties just like its sister restaurant to the north, Umaido. Vegetarians have the option of ordering the “green” ramen, which is made with vegetable broth and served with scallions, corn, and bell peppers. Ramen Bar by Hajime is also open in Alpharetta.

Lifting Noodles Ramen

With three Atlanta-area locations in East Atlanta Village, the Battery Atlanta in Cobb County, and in Duluth, the popular ramen stall born out of the Global Grub Collective in EAV (now Qommunity) continues to serve up its piping hot variations on traditional tonkotsu ramen, along with vegetarian ramen and a spicy seafood ramen.

Paopao Ramen Factory & Bar

Pao Pao Ramen shop opened in the Toco Hill Shopping Center in 2018 and serves several variations of ramen on its menu, including mild and spicy versions of tonkotsu, miso, dan dan, curry, and vegetarian ramen. There’s also a location in Buford now.

Hiro Ramen & Tea Bar

This Decatur restaurant and bubble tea bar serves mapo ramen, brothless ramen (mazeman), dipping ramen (tsukemen), and Sapporo miso ramen on its menu. There’s also traditional tonkotsu and shoyu ramen here.

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Gohan Market

This Japanese grocery store in Peachtree Corners features a small counter-service restaurant in back called Okazu Cafe. Regulars swear by the Fujiyama red ramen with rich and creamy tonkotsu broth spiced with a chili miso paste and the Fujiyama black mixed with black garlic oil. The cafe also serves udon and other noodles dishes, along with karaage, shrimp tempura, and a small selection of sushi, but the ramen here tends to be the most popular choice. Gohan includes a few grab-and-go foods, too, like katsu egg salad and fruit salad sandwiches and onigiri. A few seats are available for dining in at tables and along a railing near Okazu Cafe.

Haru Ichiban Japanese Restaurant

This sushi bar tucked away in a Duluth shopping center offers several ramen variations on its menu, including chicken karaage, seafood, and spicy tan tan ramen.

Umaido

Located in Suwanee, Umaido’s guests pass the kitchen upon entry before sitting down and choosing dishes rolled out on a cart. Go for the spicy miso ramen or wasabi shoyu ramen here.

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