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Hold onto your chopsticks: Long-awaited Tanoshii Ramen promises to finally fling open its Deep Ellum doors tomorrow, September 25. When the story first broke right before Christmas (yes, it's been that long) that the city was to get its very own ramen spot, a wave of noodle-induced excitement surged through the food blogosphere, and every few months after Tanoshii would tease with a new projected opening date; as the rest of the country enjoyed a surge in ramen-related openings, first spring and then summer passed with nary a noodle in sight. (The anticipation even triggered one Eater commenter to coin a hashtag for the phenomenon: #ramenblueballs.)
Well, get ready to join the rest of the civilized food world, Dallas: Your very first ramen shop opens at 5 p.m. tomorrow. (And try to resist the urge to camp out in front of the storefront — we're not talking iPhones here.) Expect several varieties of ramen including tonkotsu, shoyu and spicy miso, plus an array of small plates like braised pork steamed buns, mysterious-sounding "chocolate ramen" for dessert and plenty of sake, beer and cocktails to wash it all down. Perhaps best of all, Tanoshii will stay open until the wee morning hours (3 a.m.) on Fridays and Saturdays to fulfill all your post-drinking ramen requirements. UPDATE: For a full copy of the opening menu, see here.
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