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Those looking for exceptional ramen, would do well to begin the search at Zen Box Izakaya
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11 Essential Bowls of Ramen in the Twin Cities

Tonkatsu, duck, vegan, broth-less and plenty of noodles

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Those looking for exceptional ramen, would do well to begin the search at Zen Box Izakaya
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Ramen is the Japanese soup beloved and obsessed over by many, but mastered by only a few talented chefs. The broth is carefully built from bones and labored over, creating gorgeously subtle, unbelievable flavors. The noodles are long, squiggly and with just the right amount of chew. Luxuriating in that steamy bath is a soft cooked egg, nori and a few other select ingredients.

These are the best bets for delicious ramen in the metro area.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Tori 44 - Ramen

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2203 N 44th Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55412
(612) 345-7078
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Tori 44 in the Victory neighborhood of Minneapolis specializes in broth made only with poultry stock and the noodles are fresh with an appealing chew.

2. Origami

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1354 Lagoon Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 333-8430
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This Uptown sushi landmark serves several varieties of ramen on the dinner menu with silky broths and tangles of noodles. Try the miso with pork belly, corn, bean sprouts, bamboo and a seaweed garnish.

3. Moto-i

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2940 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 821-6262
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Minneapolis’ only sake brewery is also known for its ramen. In addition to classic variations, Moto-i also has a couple of vegetarian/vegan options.

4. Ichiddo Ramen

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2710 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 353-6155
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Now with three local locations this affordable and quick service restaurant offers 15 different topping options to personalize each bowl. Find them on University Avenue in St. Paul, Dinkytown or on Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis.

5. Ramen Kazama

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3400 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408

This ramen dedicated restaurant has been so popular that a location opened in the former Obento-Ya location in the Como neighborhood. Whether smooth and mellow broth or fiery spice is desired, there is a bowl of ramen on this menu to fulfill the craving.

6. Zen Box Izakaya

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602 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 332-3936
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For chef and Zen Box Izakaya owner John Ng, ramen broth is a full blown obsession and an art. There are three different varieties available on the every day menu, but the main event is a rotating special available only on the weekends. Get there early, because it doesn’t last long.

7. PinKU Japanese Street Food

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20 University Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 584-3167
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PinKU is the Japanese street food restaurant on University Avenue in Northeast. It’s an excellent spot for the brothless ramen, mazamen. The focus is on full flavor and long tendrils of noodles.

8. Masu Sushi & Robata

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330 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 332-6278
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From the first moment from the first bowl served inside the original Northeast location of Masu Sushi & Robata, it was evident the ramen game was strong with this restaurant. Now, with several locations including the Mall of America and Apple Valley, there's enough katsu love to share.

9. United Noodles and UniDeli

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2015 E 24th St
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 721-6677
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This quick service eatery is located inside United Noodle, an expansive Asian grocery store and serves up a wide range of ramen options. The Tantanmen is lightly spicy topped with ground pork and a slow-poached egg.

10. Dumpling

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4004 Minnehaha Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 724-8795
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This charming Minnehaha restaurant serves mostly Asian dishes. The meaty ramen is a bowl of bone broth topped pulled pork, poached egg and slices of shitake.

11. Ngon Vietnamese Bistro

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799 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55104
(651) 222-3301
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Ngon already mastered the pho broth, so why not add ramen into the mix? This stunningly slurppable bowl sports a wonderfully rich broth with those long, curly noodles and the chef’s choice of additions.

1. Tori 44 - Ramen

2203 N 44th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55412

Tori 44 in the Victory neighborhood of Minneapolis specializes in broth made only with poultry stock and the noodles are fresh with an appealing chew.

2203 N 44th Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55412

2. Origami

1354 Lagoon Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

This Uptown sushi landmark serves several varieties of ramen on the dinner menu with silky broths and tangles of noodles. Try the miso with pork belly, corn, bean sprouts, bamboo and a seaweed garnish.

1354 Lagoon Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408

3. Moto-i

2940 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Minneapolis’ only sake brewery is also known for its ramen. In addition to classic variations, Moto-i also has a couple of vegetarian/vegan options.

2940 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408

4. Ichiddo Ramen

2710 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Now with three local locations this affordable and quick service restaurant offers 15 different topping options to personalize each bowl. Find them on University Avenue in St. Paul, Dinkytown or on Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis.

2710 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408

5. Ramen Kazama

3400 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

This ramen dedicated restaurant has been so popular that a location opened in the former Obento-Ya location in the Como neighborhood. Whether smooth and mellow broth or fiery spice is desired, there is a bowl of ramen on this menu to fulfill the craving.

3400 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408

6. Zen Box Izakaya

602 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415

For chef and Zen Box Izakaya owner John Ng, ramen broth is a full blown obsession and an art. There are three different varieties available on the every day menu, but the main event is a rotating special available only on the weekends. Get there early, because it doesn’t last long.

602 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55415

7. PinKU Japanese Street Food

20 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

PinKU is the Japanese street food restaurant on University Avenue in Northeast. It’s an excellent spot for the brothless ramen, mazamen. The focus is on full flavor and long tendrils of noodles.

20 University Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

8. Masu Sushi & Robata

330 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414

From the first moment from the first bowl served inside the original Northeast location of Masu Sushi & Robata, it was evident the ramen game was strong with this restaurant. Now, with several locations including the Mall of America and Apple Valley, there's enough katsu love to share.

330 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414

9. United Noodles and UniDeli

2015 E 24th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404

This quick service eatery is located inside United Noodle, an expansive Asian grocery store and serves up a wide range of ramen options. The Tantanmen is lightly spicy topped with ground pork and a slow-poached egg.

2015 E 24th St
Minneapolis, MN 55404

10. Dumpling

4004 Minnehaha Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55406

This charming Minnehaha restaurant serves mostly Asian dishes. The meaty ramen is a bowl of bone broth topped pulled pork, poached egg and slices of shitake.

4004 Minnehaha Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55406

11. Ngon Vietnamese Bistro

799 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55104

Ngon already mastered the pho broth, so why not add ramen into the mix? This stunningly slurppable bowl sports a wonderfully rich broth with those long, curly noodles and the chef’s choice of additions.

799 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55104

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