I think we can all agree: a bowl of ramen makes everything better.
Factor in the cold winter weather of the PNW and you practically have a cure all; yes, there is no better city to indulge in ramen’s brothy, slurping goodness than Seattle.
Maybe it’s the rain (and sometimes snow). Maybe it’s the cold temps and drab skies. Maybe it’s the biting wind coming up off of the bay. But there’s just something classically Seattle about cozying up in a small ramen shop, taking off those beanies and gloves, and finding warmth in a big ‘ole bowl of exceptional noodle soup.
There’s been a kind of ramen Renaissance in the past few years, with good reason:
- It’s a perfect dish for meat-lovers, vegetarians and vegans, alike. Most ramen spots will offer various broths to suit your preference.
- Speaking of broth - can we just take a minute and applaud the maestros in the kitchen who pride themselves in their signature broth? When you dunk your soup spoon in that savory pool of perfection, you can taste the difference. You can smell the difference. And all is right with the world.
- Then there’s the noodles. Hand stretched, good chew, nothing like the faux brillo-pads of your Top Ramen days.
- To top it all off, you have this picture-perfect, soft-boiled, jellied egg just waiting for you to get to mixing.
And to take our ramen love up a notch - let’s do a quick primer on types of ramen so you can go in ordering like a pro:
- Shio ramen (salt-based broth)
- Shoyu ramen (soy sauce-based broth)
- Miso ramen (soybean paste-flavored broth - it tastes better than it sounds)
- Tonkotsu ramen (pork bone broth ramen - our particular favorite for it’s creamy goodness)
Then there’s also regional ramen of Japan, which we’re not going to even try to explain. If your palate can distinguish between regional variations of ramen, you are our foodie hero - and may your slurping be prosperous.
Sidenote - anyone else extremely jonesing for ramen right about now?
We want to make sure that after an afternoon or evening of exploring beautiful Seattle, you have some place cozy to belly up to a big bowl of ramen in all its salty-savory glory. Check out our list of must-stop ramen shops next time you visit Seattle.
Bowls up! It’s time to get your slurp on…
Momosan - Iron Chef Momosan opened this new ramen house where noodles take top billing. Their signature ramen features Tonkotsu broth made of pork and chicken bones, braised pork belly chashu, an overnight soy-marinated egg, spicy mustard leaf, wood ear mushrooms, toasted nori, and homemade garlic oil.
Menya Musashi - One of Tokyo’s top ramen shops opened up across the Pacific at this low-key local fave. People love their take on Tonkotsu broth, but also their veggie ramen.
Ramen Danbo - You’re never going to have a bad bowl of ramen here, and their Classic and Miso ramens are fan favorites. You can even customize your order, from noodle thickness and firmness to broth richness and spice. They also offer vegan options! Ramen Danbo has a notoriously long line out the door, so you might also consider ordering delivery.
Ooink - Don’t let the cute interior and pig logo fool you - Ooink is slinging some seriously tasty ramen. The Kotteri Ramen is the most popular dish, with a silky pork soup with noodles, topped with pork chashu.
Betsutenjin - Even though the menu is tiny and they only serve a whopping two types of ramen, people still love this place. Make sure you save room for the Green Tea Mochi Waffles for dessert.
Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya - The biggest thing this particular ramen shop has going for it is its location downtown. It’s good, not great, ramen, but if you don’t want to travel far this will hit the spot. Their Garlic Tonkotso with extra-rich shoyu-flavored pork broth and lots of garlic is a winner.
Teinei - With a great dark, modern and rustic interior, Teinei’s attention to care shines through. Everything’s made in-house, and locals love to order up the Miso Ramen.
But where will your rest your head after a belly full of brothy ramen? Lucky for you, we offer a few properties in the Belltown and downtown neighborhoods:
And while ramen is just one of those dishes that is extremely taxing to make at home and vastly easier to order out, you can always make use of your full kitchen for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night snacking (it’s okay, we do it, too).
We want to see those beautiful bowls! Share your Seattle foodie pics and tag #stayalfred.