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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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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.

Haru Ichiban

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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.

Jinya Ramen Bar

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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.

Yakitori Jinbei

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Look for ramen in both standard and spicy tonkotsu options, focused on a tasty pork broth, at this Smyrna restaurant.

Wagaya Japanese Restaurant

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Wagaya serves six different varieties of ramen, including white, red, and black tonkotsu, in Westside.

Pijiu Belly

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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.

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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.

Brush Sushi Izakaya

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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.

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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.

BoccaLupo

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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.

Umaido

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.

Haru Ichiban

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.

Jinya Ramen Bar

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.

Yakitori Jinbei

Look for ramen in both standard and spicy tonkotsu options, focused on a tasty pork broth, at this Smyrna restaurant.

Wagaya Japanese Restaurant

Wagaya serves six different varieties of ramen, including white, red, and black tonkotsu, in Westside.

Pijiu Belly

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.

Tori Allen PR

Makan

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.

Brush Sushi Izakaya

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.

Ton Ton

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.

BoccaLupo

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.

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