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Ramen in DC for lunch - where to go

Cocinero Cubano Oct 31, 2012 08:17 AM

All -

I've got a hankering for good ramen and want to see if there are any good places worth checking out for LUNCH. Toki Underground, Sakuramen, etc don't serve lunch.

Thanks for any suggestions you can offer!

Cocinero Cubano

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  1. woodleyparkhound RE: Cocinero Cubano Oct 31, 2012 08:18 AM

    Ren's Ramen is open for lunch -- but they are in Wheaton.

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      ajyi2012 RE: Cocinero Cubano Oct 31, 2012 08:29 AM

      Sushi Taro offers ramen once a month which they announce on their Facebook/Twitter. I've eaten it during lunch. I know that doesn't exactly help you but FYI.

      I've also eaten at Ren's at noon and it's definitely one of the best ramen spots in the DC area.

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        Cocinero Cubano RE: ajyi2012 Oct 31, 2012 08:35 AM

        Thanks. Yes, I found that on the interweb so it's an option. The last time they did it was the 19th I think; will have to look at November now. Ren's also got a shout out but it's a bit far afield for me to go on weekday.


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          tarilyn RE: Cocinero Cubano Nov 1, 2012 08:42 AM

          Just wanted to mention that Sushi Taro seems to do ramen every Friday now. From their Facebook page:

          Tomorrow Friday's Lunch Special will be GENKOTSU RAMEN げん骨ラーメン This time, Master Chef Masaya made broth only from joint bones. Let's see how it is different from last Pure Tonkotsu Ramen!

        2. re: ajyi2012
          Steve RE: ajyi2012 Oct 31, 2012 09:11 AM

          Sushi Taro's ramen is definitely worth getting if you are able to time your visit. It is normally a tonkatsu (pork bone) base, rather mild, with a heavy sesame flavor, which is unusual and distinctive.

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            ajyi2012 RE: Steve Oct 31, 2012 09:49 AM

            The broth is definitely delicately flavored, and the noodles are thin. However for someone used to bold flavors from the ramen at Toki/Ren's, it left me a little disappointed.

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              monkeyrotica RE: ajyi2012 Oct 31, 2012 10:10 AM

              I feel the opposite. Ren's Ramen has a lot of flavor, but lacks subtlety. Drowning a steak in A1 will give you lots of bold flavor, so much so you won't even be able to taste your steak. Looking forward to trying Sushi Taro's ramen.

        3. monkeyrotica RE: Cocinero Cubano Oct 31, 2012 08:43 AM

          I can't think of a single bowl of ramen I've had downtown that was worth having again. The sushi places downtown are basically opening a package of Sapporo Ichiban and adding their own toppings. Nothing that measures up to Ren's. Yosaku maybe but that was years ago. Kushi does a cold ramen for lunch, but it's probably not what you're looking for. I remember having some excellent soba at Makoto, but again, that's not ramen. Good luck!

          1. monkeyrotica RE: Cocinero Cubano Oct 31, 2012 09:49 AM

            It hasn't opened yet, but there's a new ramen place opening nextdoor to Cashion's.


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