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Oct 31, 2012 08:17 AM

Ramen in DC for lunch - where to go

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

    1. 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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      1. re: ajyi2012

        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.


        1. re: Cocinero Cubano

          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

          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.

          1. re: Steve

            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.

            1. re: ajyi2012

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