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10 Essential Ramen Shops in Atlanta

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With a long and rich history, ramen has become a high-profile dish in Atlanta (there's even a festival to celebrate it). True artisans piece their bowls together focusing on the multiple avenues of noodles, broth, and all kinds of fixings. A new variety may arise simply based on what has been added to the staples, but most can agree on the sheer tastiness of a bowl of ramen, regardless of preferred style. Mapped north to south, the following 10 restaurants are essential Atlanta destinations for this dish.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Umaido

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2790 Lawrenceville Suwanee Rd
Suwanee, GA 30024
(678) 318-8568
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Located in the Suwanee area, guests pass the kitchen upon entry before sitting down and choosing dishes rolled out on a cart. Go for the spicy miso ramen. For intown residents who don’t want to make the drive, the owners recently opened a second ramen shop, Hajime, in Buckhead.

2. Makan

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130 Clairemont Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 996-6504
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The broth at this Decatur restaurant is concocted overnight with pork, seafood, and chicken varieties. Happy hour introduces half-priced ramen from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays.

3. BoccaLupo

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753 Edgewood Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 577-2332
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Looking for something out of the ordinary? Inman Park pasta house BoccaLupo serves a ramen that mixes collards, boiled peanuts, pork, and scallions. The dish comes with egg all served on squid ink pasta.

4. Pijiu Belly

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678 10th St NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 343-6828
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The menu for this Westside Asian fusion spot includes hae mul, tonkotsu, and shio ramen, as well as a Korean ramyun bowl full of noodles, meat, and veggies.
Tori Allen PR

5. Yakitori Jinbei

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2421 Cobb Pkwy SE
Smyrna, GA 30080
(770) 818-9215
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Look for ramen in both standard and spicy tonkotsu options, focused on a tasty pork broth, at this Smyrna restaurant.

6. Haru Ichiban

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3646 Satellite Blvd
Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 622-4060
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Serving ramen before ramen was trendy, this sushi bar is tucked away in a Duluth shopping center Add chili powder to your tonkotsu for an extra kick.

7. Wagaya Japanese Restaurant

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339 14th St NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Wagaya serves six different varieties of ramen, including white, red, and black tonkotsu, in Westside.

8. Jinya Ramen Bar

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5975 Roswell Rd Ste B217
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
(404) 600-6974
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The Los Angeles-based chain recently open in Sandy Springs. Lines pile up in wait for Jinya's out-of-the-ordinary takes such as the cha cha cha ramen: a tonkotsu pork broth augmented with garlic.

9. Ton Ton

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675 Ponce de Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
Miso Izakaya and Le Fat restaurateur Guy Wong finally opened his Ponce City Market ramen shop in June. The menu is tight, and if you're looking for something unique, the invincible dan dan mazemen, sans broth, might be the way to go.

10. Brush Sushi Izakaya

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316 Church St
Decatur, GA 30030
The Decatur Japanese restaurant is known more for its sushi, but it serves a duo broth ramen, made with chicken and seafood, during weekend brunch and Tuesday through Thursday after 9 p.m. And if you happen to be dining when the special lobster ramen is available, order it.

1. Umaido

2790 Lawrenceville Suwanee Rd, Suwanee, GA 30024
Located in the Suwanee area, guests pass the kitchen upon entry before sitting down and choosing dishes rolled out on a cart. Go for the spicy miso ramen. For intown residents who don’t want to make the drive, the owners recently opened a second ramen shop, Hajime, in Buckhead.
2790 Lawrenceville Suwanee Rd
Suwanee, GA 30024

2. Makan

130 Clairemont Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
The broth at this Decatur restaurant is concocted overnight with pork, seafood, and chicken varieties. Happy hour introduces half-priced ramen from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays.
130 Clairemont Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

3. BoccaLupo

753 Edgewood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Looking for something out of the ordinary? Inman Park pasta house BoccaLupo serves a ramen that mixes collards, boiled peanuts, pork, and scallions. The dish comes with egg all served on squid ink pasta.
753 Edgewood Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

4. Pijiu Belly

678 10th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
Tori Allen PR
The menu for this Westside Asian fusion spot includes hae mul, tonkotsu, and shio ramen, as well as a Korean ramyun bowl full of noodles, meat, and veggies.
678 10th St NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

5. Yakitori Jinbei

2421 Cobb Pkwy SE, Smyrna, GA 30080
Look for ramen in both standard and spicy tonkotsu options, focused on a tasty pork broth, at this Smyrna restaurant.
2421 Cobb Pkwy SE
Smyrna, GA 30080

6. Haru Ichiban

3646 Satellite Blvd, Duluth, GA 30096
Serving ramen before ramen was trendy, this sushi bar is tucked away in a Duluth shopping center Add chili powder to your tonkotsu for an extra kick.
3646 Satellite Blvd
Duluth, GA 30096

7. Wagaya Japanese Restaurant

339 14th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
Wagaya serves six different varieties of ramen, including white, red, and black tonkotsu, in Westside.
339 14th St NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

8. Jinya Ramen Bar

5975 Roswell Rd Ste B217, Sandy Springs, GA 30328
The Los Angeles-based chain recently open in Sandy Springs. Lines pile up in wait for Jinya's out-of-the-ordinary takes such as the cha cha cha ramen: a tonkotsu pork broth augmented with garlic.
5975 Roswell Rd Ste B217
Sandy Springs, GA 30328

9. Ton Ton

675 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
Miso Izakaya and Le Fat restaurateur Guy Wong finally opened his Ponce City Market ramen shop in June. The menu is tight, and if you're looking for something unique, the invincible dan dan mazemen, sans broth, might be the way to go.
675 Ponce de Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

10. Brush Sushi Izakaya

316 Church St, Decatur, GA 30030
The Decatur Japanese restaurant is known more for its sushi, but it serves a duo broth ramen, made with chicken and seafood, during weekend brunch and Tuesday through Thursday after 9 p.m. And if you happen to be dining when the special lobster ramen is available, order it.
316 Church St
Decatur, GA 30030

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