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12 Essential DFW Ramen Shops

Where to slurp the best noodles in Dallas and beyond

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Whether it’s the weather or a holdover from holiday stress, pretty much everyone is getting sick this time of year. Yet, there’s no better way to feel like a whole human again than with a steaming, salty bowl of ramen.

Though perhaps not as developed as many other major cities, DFW does have a ramen scene. From traditional tonkotsu broth prepared by one of the city’s best Japanese chefs to Texas-inspired ramen topped with smoked brisket, these 12 restaurants serve up the area’s best bowls. After trying them all, don’t be surprised if those greasy packets of instant noodles no longer satisfy your cravings.

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With homes in Carrollton and Fort Worth, Hanabi makes it easy for suburbanites to score a solid bowl of ramen. The seafood ramen with squid, octopus, Japanese littleneck, shrimp, cabbage, carrot, fresh oyster, bean sprout and black dried mushroom made with tonkotsu broth is a menu favorite, and vegetarian diners have an excellent option in the tomato ramen, which uses a veggie soup base.

Hanabi Ramen & Izakaya

Monta Ramen

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Rich broths and perfectly al dente noodles await at this Las Vegas export, which excels at traditional tonkotsu. Also worth ordering is the kuro ramen, a bowl of porky broth and noodles that’s drizzled with black garlic oil.

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Maru Ramen

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This unassuming storefront in Richardson features minimalist Japanese interiors that are as austere as they are beautiful. Ramen comes in several varieties and includes braised pork belly (chashu), seasoned soft boiled egg, blanched spinach, scallion, shallot, and a mild shishito pepper, except for the vegetarian option.

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Ramen Hakata

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This cozy spot now has three DFW locations - Addison, Lewisville, and a Frisco outpost. The original Addison location has an open kitchen to watch the pro chefs perfect their noodles as diners slurp up their garlicky chashu miso ramen.

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20 Feet Seafood Joint

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Though primarily known for it’s hearty seafood like clam chowder and lobster rolls in an unpretentious setting, this East Dallas establishment also features a mean pork belly ramen from the chef-owners who boast serious fine dining experience.

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Ichiro Ramen Shop

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Ichiro’s unassuming storefront on Maple Ave features no-frills decor and simply delicious ramen — the spicy tonkotsu is a crowd favorite.

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Wabi House

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This Lowest Greenville joint has a full menu of stellar ramen options (go with the spicy miso ramen, it’s a stellar riff on the classic) paired with tons of fun snacks like chicken karaage, takoyaki, and fried shiitakes tossed in bone marrow butter.

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This pricey Japanese eatery is from one of Dallas’ best chefs, Teiichi Sakurai. If the elegant Japanese eatery is out of budget and TEN (Sakurai’s ramen joint across town at Sylvan Thirty) is a little too hustle-bustle, getting a bowl of ramen is perhaps the best way to afford dining at Tei-An.

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Oni Ramen

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Oni Ramen has outposts both in Ft. Worth and in Deep Ellum, and any restaurant that can survive Deep Ellum has earned a spot there. The approachable menu features easy-to-understand pictorials featuring miso, tonkotsu, assari, and vegetarian options that can be topped with extra protein and a host of vegetables.

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TEN Ramen

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This West Dallas ramen spin off from the owner of the illustrious Tei-An in One Arts Plaza boasts a full, authentic ramen menu. Owner-Chef Teiichi Sakurai wants to mimic traditional Japanese ramen joints as closely as possible, so that means you cannot take the ramen out or sit while slurping — it’s stand at the bar or nothing.

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Woodshed Smokehouse

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Believe it or not, this Fort Worth smokehouse has one of the most tasty ramen choices in DFW since celebrated Chef Tim Love regularly dips his toes into a variety of international cuisines. At Smokehouse, he’s recently unveiled his take on congee, an Asian rice porridge, and of course, his delicious ramen with pulled pork, carrots, bell peppers, chiles, and a poached quail egg has a loyal following.

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Hanabi

With homes in Carrollton and Fort Worth, Hanabi makes it easy for suburbanites to score a solid bowl of ramen. The seafood ramen with squid, octopus, Japanese littleneck, shrimp, cabbage, carrot, fresh oyster, bean sprout and black dried mushroom made with tonkotsu broth is a menu favorite, and vegetarian diners have an excellent option in the tomato ramen, which uses a veggie soup base.

Hanabi Ramen & Izakaya

Monta Ramen

Rich broths and perfectly al dente noodles await at this Las Vegas export, which excels at traditional tonkotsu. Also worth ordering is the kuro ramen, a bowl of porky broth and noodles that’s drizzled with black garlic oil.

Monta Ramen/Yelp

Maru Ramen

This unassuming storefront in Richardson features minimalist Japanese interiors that are as austere as they are beautiful. Ramen comes in several varieties and includes braised pork belly (chashu), seasoned soft boiled egg, blanched spinach, scallion, shallot, and a mild shishito pepper, except for the vegetarian option.

Maru Ramen/Yelp

Ramen Hakata

This cozy spot now has three DFW locations - Addison, Lewisville, and a Frisco outpost. The original Addison location has an open kitchen to watch the pro chefs perfect their noodles as diners slurp up their garlicky chashu miso ramen.

Ramen Hakata/Yelp

20 Feet Seafood Joint

Though primarily known for it’s hearty seafood like clam chowder and lobster rolls in an unpretentious setting, this East Dallas establishment also features a mean pork belly ramen from the chef-owners who boast serious fine dining experience.

20 Feet Seafood Joint/Yelp

Ichiro Ramen Shop

Ichiro’s unassuming storefront on Maple Ave features no-frills decor and simply delicious ramen — the spicy tonkotsu is a crowd favorite.

Ichiro Ramen Shop/Facebook

Wabi House

This Lowest Greenville joint has a full menu of stellar ramen options (go with the spicy miso ramen, it’s a stellar riff on the classic) paired with tons of fun snacks like chicken karaage, takoyaki, and fried shiitakes tossed in bone marrow butter.

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Tei-An

This pricey Japanese eatery is from one of Dallas’ best chefs, Teiichi Sakurai. If the elegant Japanese eatery is out of budget and TEN (Sakurai’s ramen joint across town at Sylvan Thirty) is a little too hustle-bustle, getting a bowl of ramen is perhaps the best way to afford dining at Tei-An.

Tei-An/Yelp

Oni Ramen

Oni Ramen has outposts both in Ft. Worth and in Deep Ellum, and any restaurant that can survive Deep Ellum has earned a spot there. The approachable menu features easy-to-understand pictorials featuring miso, tonkotsu, assari, and vegetarian options that can be topped with extra protein and a host of vegetables.

Oni Ramen/Yelp

TEN Ramen

This West Dallas ramen spin off from the owner of the illustrious Tei-An in One Arts Plaza boasts a full, authentic ramen menu. Owner-Chef Teiichi Sakurai wants to mimic traditional Japanese ramen joints as closely as possible, so that means you cannot take the ramen out or sit while slurping — it’s stand at the bar or nothing.

TEN Ramen/Yelp

Woodshed Smokehouse

Believe it or not, this Fort Worth smokehouse has one of the most tasty ramen choices in DFW since celebrated Chef Tim Love regularly dips his toes into a variety of international cuisines. At Smokehouse, he’s recently unveiled his take on congee, an Asian rice porridge, and of course, his delicious ramen with pulled pork, carrots, bell peppers, chiles, and a poached quail egg has a loyal following.

Woodshed Smokehouse/Facebook

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