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Mar 26, 2014 09:46 AM

Ramen Festival in Arcadia this weekend - March 29-30

Does anyone know much about this festival? Have you been before?

I'm wondering it it's worth checking out, as I'll be in the area. Another option, if I want ramen, would be to just go to a good ramen place instead of this festival.

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  1. Here's a post from last year's: I never made it, but it was a madhouse because of the ramen burger. Don't think they have that this year. Isn't a great deal, price wise, but for convenience and trying ramen from outside the area, it should be good.

    1. It's definitely a good chance to try different ramen shops, but to be realistic, in the time that I'm able to drive there, park, line up for 3-4 ramen shops. I'd also probably be able to actually drive to 3-4 ramen shops and eat in their restaurants.

      The best way is to try the ones that aren't from this area, have one person line up for each shop, then gather after everyone gets their bowls so you can try as many bowls as possible without getting full.

      Personally, i'm quite happy just eating 1 bowl of good ramen, as not all of the bowls were good @ the ramen yokocho last year. Lines and the lack of organization were killer too!

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      1. re: blimpbinge

        "It's definitely a good chance to try different ramen shops, but to be realistic, in the time that I'm able to drive there, park, line up for 3-4 ramen shops. I'd also probably be able to actually drive to 3-4 ramen shops and eat in their restaurants."

        Yeah, this is what I was thinking as well. I also don't really know how much ramen I could realistically eat....I guess if I shared I could try quite a few. But I don't know if I'm *that* into ramen. If it were a dumpling festival, that would be a different story.

        1. re: Dave MP

          thread-derail: how many dumplings do you REALLY think you can eat? standing up, walking around, with soft drinks? 20? 25? 35? without feeling sick. Just curious. I'm more of a dozen-and-out kinda guy myself.

          1. re: TonyC

            Depends on the size of the dumpling, but probably between 20 and 30. I would probably only drink tea and water with them, though.

            In June 2012, I did this crawl (which wasn't just dumplings) but I think that if I had included ramen in that outing, I wouldn't have had room to try as much:

            1. re: TonyC

              I can't even eat a dozen sitting down.

              Even with shots of Moutai handy.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                well, you know the frozen dumplings has been suffering shrinkage due to competition the last decade... I used to be just at 10, now it seems to be 12. it's not me, it's them.

        2. they're now expecting 30,000. that's THIRTY THOUSAND PEOPLE, ie, 10,000 a day, In a parking lot. in LA Spring "heat" (though it will be relatively cool this weekend).

          g'luck folks.

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          1. re: TonyC

            Need to remind myself to avoid that entire area this weekend. Sounds like it will be a repeat of the first 626 night market in Pasadena.

            1. re: TonyC

              Thanks for this info. You have convinced me not to go :)

              1. re: Dave MP

                The first one in torrance, you had to line up and buy tickets at the front (and there were unannounced ticket sales booths scattered inside as well... some ramen only, some beer only, some cash, some credit card), then take your tickets to the ramen stands and then use it to pay for the bowl of ramen.

                Unfortunately, the ramen, tendon (tempura rice bowls), drinks, and beer all had different tickets the first time. So after I ran out of ramen tickets, instead of buying the tickets again, I just left because I didn't want to line up again.

                If you didn't go to the first one, it's not a bad way to kill a few hours over the weekend and try new ramen shops. I'd go early though, and figure out how they are setting up the sales/tickets. Hopefully they have a new system.

              2. re: TonyC

                Do you have a source for the 30k? I was planning on going because I heard Santa Anita is a much better venue than last year, but if it's going to be just as packed then I'll probably pass.

                1. re: kainzero


                  that # has also been bounced around by some local JP magazines.

                  1. re: TonyC

                    Thank you, sir.

                    Looking like a pass for me. Maybe I can actually go to Tsujita Annex without waiting in line now.

                2. re: TonyC

                  that's about $200k at $5/person and 3-4 people per car. whether you eat or not.

                3. Y'all,

                  Obviously Tsujita is a winner, but is anyone familiar with the other foreign ramen bodies?:

                  Hiromaru and Monta from Las Vegas; Shalala from San Jose; Tajima from San Diego; and, all the way from Japan, Tatsunoya, Horaiya, Mattou Seimen and Tsujita Tokyo

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                  1. re: narcissisticnonsense

                    I should have paid more attention to this event. I would have been willing to wait for Tatsunoya.

                    I tried Tsujita Tokyo when they were at Mitsuwa. Very good shoyu ramen, just a tad too salty for me. I definitely prefer Tatsunoya's tonkotsu ramen.

                    Tsujita LA Annex...not a fan of the mountain of beansprouts, and I don't like the udon-esque style of noodle. The quality was tops, especially the chashu, but I still prefer Men-Oh overall. Plus I don't have to wait 30 minutes at 10:30pm to get a seat at Men-Oh. Maybe the LA flagship's ramen will be more to my liking.

                  2. so... who waited an hour for out-of-state ramen? and how did you enjoy the melty weather?