It's the moment we've been waiting for all spring and summer: The city's first ramen spot from Wicked Po Boy owners Chi and Joey Le, Tanoshii Ramen, has finally announced an opening date of next Tuesday, September 24. An interior design by locals Coeval Studio retains some of the space's (formerly home to Baker's Ribs) original industrial elements like brick walls and concrete floors and adds some Japanese flair with "custom Japanese noren signage," cushioned benches and hanging lamps.
The menu promises an array of ramen varieties including tonkotsu, spicy miso, shoyu, and curry, all with house-made noodles, plus tsukemen (or "soupless") ramen. Patrons can adorn their bowls with selections from a long list of toppings, including fish cakes, soft boiled or slow-cooked eggs, bamboo shoots, braised pork belly and miso grilled corn.
Besides ramen, there's also a category of "izakaya-style" small plates like edamame, blistered shishito peppers, and even roasted bone marrow, plus steamed buns with various fillings like braised pork belly; vegans will be pleased to find meatless dishes like shiitake steamed buns and banh xeo crepes.
Perhaps most unusually, the dessert menu includes a "chocolate ramen." There's also an extensive drink menu, with a selection of sakes, Japanese whiskeys and beers, plus craft cocktails.
Tanoshii will be open for dinner and late night service at first (until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays), with lunch service to follow in October.
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[Photo credit: Claire McCormack]