Rejoice, Addison: Your very first dedicated ramen restaurant makes its debut today. Ramen Hakata is bringing a little taste of Japan to North Dallas with a traditional ramen house menu that includes a dozen-plus different varieties of the noodle soup including traditional tonkotsu and spicy miso, plus chashu pork rice bowls and appetizers/small plates like chicken kara-age, gyoza and potato croquettes. BYOB, free wifi and a pay-at-the-register setup will surely make this a popular destination with the local lunch crowds.
While the tonkotsu broth might not have quite the complexity of that found at say, Tei-An, its balanced richness along with properly cooked toppings — including some pretty luscious chashu pork and soy-marinated egg — makes for a very satisfying bowl indeed. The price point is also incredibly friendly, with ramen bowls starting at $8 for the traditional tonkotsu, and appetizers starting at just $4. Ramen Hakata is open Monday through Friday for lunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and dinner 5-10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday noon-8 p.m.