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Maitake ramen from Moto-i.
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10 Essential Bowls of Ramen in Minneapolis and St. Paul

From tonkotso to vegan broths, highly slurpable ramen around the Twin Cities

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Maitake ramen from Moto-i.
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Nothing hits the spot like a hearty bowl of ramen, its broth aromatic and clouded with gelatin coaxed from slow-cooked, marrow-rich bones. Bouncy noodles bask in their salty bath — they’re adorned with shreds of seaweed, pink-swirled fish cakes, or a soft-cooked, soy-soaked egg. (Even better: all of the above.) Find noodle bliss with one of these essential bowls of ramen in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

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Tori 44 - Ramen

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Not a pork eater? Find a ramen oasis at Tori 44 Ramen, a pork-free establishment with many options for vegetarian and vegan diners. Don’t think that means the soups lack flavor or depth, though. Try the Bali ramen, which features a thicker broth made with creamy tahini, spicy Szechuan pepper, delicate bites of seasoned ground chicken, and a soft-cooked egg, all atop tender noodles.

A white bowl of ramen with sliced meat, eggs, and vegetables.
Ramen from Tori 44.
Tori 44

Masu Sushi & Robata

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Though Masu’s sustainably-sourced sushi and small-bite robata are its claims to fame, don’t miss the ramen either. The tonkotsu curry ramen is a standout: It features slices of crispy pork tenderloin, steamed Chinese broccoli, and a hazy, porky broth with the added flavor spike of fragrant, spicy curry. Masu has locations in Northeast Minneapolis, Apple Valley, and the Mall of America. Play some Japanese arcade games after dinner, while you’re at it.

Zen Box Izakaya

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This cozy joint is known for Japanese comfort food — it’s a great spot to grab a meal before a show at the Guthrie. Be sure to try the kimchi ramen: Fermented cabbage adds a dose of heat and refreshing tartness to balance the luxurious heritage pork bone broth. Pinwheels of pork float atop chewy noodles, and ribbons of black mushrooms and a golden, gooey-centered egg round out this ramen.

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Ramen from Zen Box Izakaya.
Zen Box Izakaya

Ichiddo Ramen

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Ichhido, an affordable, quick-service spot, has one of the most varied ramen menus in the Twin Cities. Beyond the classics, it features curry ramen, crispy chicken ramen, seafood ramen, and dipping ramen, a dish that separates the noodles and toppings from the spicy, scallion-flecked broth. Find Ichhido on University Avenue in St. Paul, Dinkytown, or on Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis.

A trendy Uptown restaurant, event space, and the first sake brew pub in the United States? Moto-i has everything, from a generous happy hour to rooftop dining overlooking the bustling Lyn-Lake area. First-timers should sample the classic ramen, which features both pork belly and shredded smoked pork shoulder. Moto-i uses Tokyo-style straight noodles, and the shoyu broth is embellished with a drizzle of chili oil, then topped off with a poached egg, nori shreds, and a heap of scallions.

Tenka Ramen

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Tenka is tucked away on Lake Street, right next to Stella’s Fish Cafe. The ramen here is built on densely flavorful broth. The spicy miso is a crowd favorite: It stars springy noodles, fiery pork miso broth with an extra dose of chili pepper flakes, and a little funk from fermented bean paste. It’s all topped off with crumbles of ground pork, corn, a soft-cooked egg, and scallions.

Two bowls of ramen sit on a wood table next to napkins and chopsticks.
Bowls from Tenka Ramen.
Tenka Ramen

Origami

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Owner and master sushi chef Kiminobu “Ichi” Ichikawa has been cooking Japanese food in the Twin Cities since 1990. Located in Uptown, Origami is known for its sushi, but don’t sleep on the ramen. The miso ramen’s complex broth is crowned with rings of sliced pork belly, a pile of chewy bamboo shoots, soft spinach, a pink-swirled fish cake, green onion, and juicy kernels of corn.

Ramen Kazama

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Since its opening in 2015, this ramen-dedicated restaurant has been so popular that owner Matthew Kazama opened a second location in the Como neighborhood in 2017. Ramen Kazama’s tonkotsu ramen features one of the most decadent pork-bone broths in the Twin Cities — it has all the signature silkiness that comes from slow-cooking marrow-rich bones. Succulent pork belly, lacy black wood ear mushrooms, bamboo shoots, green onion, and a marinated egg top off this beautiful bowl.

A black bowl of ramen with eggs, sliced meat, and vegetables on a black table.
A bowl of ramen from Ramen Kazama.
Ramen Kazama

Kyatchi

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Warm wood paneling on Kyatchi’s exterior welcome diners to an unpretentious experience in Minneapolis’s Kingfield neighborhood. Another spot for sustainably sourced sushi, the handful of ramen offerings here are served piping-hot. Kyatchi’s signature ramen stock uses a light chicken broth — it’s topped with seared pork belly, a soft-cooked egg, green and yellow onion, and earthy bamboo shoots.

Ishita Ramen

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St. Paul’s Ishita ramen sits on a restaurant-dense stretch of University Avenue. Brick walls, industrial decor, and a decorative wall of soup spoons keep the focus on the food. The crispy chicken ramen features a crunchy breaded cutlet, sliced cabbage, black mushrooms, pickled ginger, green onion, and corn. The shoyu broth is flecked with red pepper flakes and spicy chili oil for an extra boost of flavor.

Tori 44 - Ramen

Not a pork eater? Find a ramen oasis at Tori 44 Ramen, a pork-free establishment with many options for vegetarian and vegan diners. Don’t think that means the soups lack flavor or depth, though. Try the Bali ramen, which features a thicker broth made with creamy tahini, spicy Szechuan pepper, delicate bites of seasoned ground chicken, and a soft-cooked egg, all atop tender noodles.

A white bowl of ramen with sliced meat, eggs, and vegetables.
Ramen from Tori 44.
Tori 44

Masu Sushi & Robata

Though Masu’s sustainably-sourced sushi and small-bite robata are its claims to fame, don’t miss the ramen either. The tonkotsu curry ramen is a standout: It features slices of crispy pork tenderloin, steamed Chinese broccoli, and a hazy, porky broth with the added flavor spike of fragrant, spicy curry. Masu has locations in Northeast Minneapolis, Apple Valley, and the Mall of America. Play some Japanese arcade games after dinner, while you’re at it.

Zen Box Izakaya

This cozy joint is known for Japanese comfort food — it’s a great spot to grab a meal before a show at the Guthrie. Be sure to try the kimchi ramen: Fermented cabbage adds a dose of heat and refreshing tartness to balance the luxurious heritage pork bone broth. Pinwheels of pork float atop chewy noodles, and ribbons of black mushrooms and a golden, gooey-centered egg round out this ramen.

Hands hold a white bowl of ramen with eggs, meat, and vegetables.
Ramen from Zen Box Izakaya.
Zen Box Izakaya

Ichiddo Ramen

Ichhido, an affordable, quick-service spot, has one of the most varied ramen menus in the Twin Cities. Beyond the classics, it features curry ramen, crispy chicken ramen, seafood ramen, and dipping ramen, a dish that separates the noodles and toppings from the spicy, scallion-flecked broth. Find Ichhido on University Avenue in St. Paul, Dinkytown, or on Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis.

Moto-i

A trendy Uptown restaurant, event space, and the first sake brew pub in the United States? Moto-i has everything, from a generous happy hour to rooftop dining overlooking the bustling Lyn-Lake area. First-timers should sample the classic ramen, which features both pork belly and shredded smoked pork shoulder. Moto-i uses Tokyo-style straight noodles, and the shoyu broth is embellished with a drizzle of chili oil, then topped off with a poached egg, nori shreds, and a heap of scallions.

Tenka Ramen

Tenka is tucked away on Lake Street, right next to Stella’s Fish Cafe. The ramen here is built on densely flavorful broth. The spicy miso is a crowd favorite: It stars springy noodles, fiery pork miso broth with an extra dose of chili pepper flakes, and a little funk from fermented bean paste. It’s all topped off with crumbles of ground pork, corn, a soft-cooked egg, and scallions.

Two bowls of ramen sit on a wood table next to napkins and chopsticks.
Bowls from Tenka Ramen.
Tenka Ramen

Origami

Owner and master sushi chef Kiminobu “Ichi” Ichikawa has been cooking Japanese food in the Twin Cities since 1990. Located in Uptown, Origami is known for its sushi, but don’t sleep on the ramen. The miso ramen’s complex broth is crowned with rings of sliced pork belly, a pile of chewy bamboo shoots, soft spinach, a pink-swirled fish cake, green onion, and juicy kernels of corn.

Ramen Kazama

Since its opening in 2015, this ramen-dedicated restaurant has been so popular that owner Matthew Kazama opened a second location in the Como neighborhood in 2017. Ramen Kazama’s tonkotsu ramen features one of the most decadent pork-bone broths in the Twin Cities — it has all the signature silkiness that comes from slow-cooking marrow-rich bones. Succulent pork belly, lacy black wood ear mushrooms, bamboo shoots, green onion, and a marinated egg top off this beautiful bowl.

A black bowl of ramen with eggs, sliced meat, and vegetables on a black table.
A bowl of ramen from Ramen Kazama.
Ramen Kazama

Kyatchi

Warm wood paneling on Kyatchi’s exterior welcome diners to an unpretentious experience in Minneapolis’s Kingfield neighborhood. Another spot for sustainably sourced sushi, the handful of ramen offerings here are served piping-hot. Kyatchi’s signature ramen stock uses a light chicken broth — it’s topped with seared pork belly, a soft-cooked egg, green and yellow onion, and earthy bamboo shoots.

Ishita Ramen

St. Paul’s Ishita ramen sits on a restaurant-dense stretch of University Avenue. Brick walls, industrial decor, and a decorative wall of soup spoons keep the focus on the food. The crispy chicken ramen features a crunchy breaded cutlet, sliced cabbage, black mushrooms, pickled ginger, green onion, and corn. The shoyu broth is flecked with red pepper flakes and spicy chili oil for an extra boost of flavor.

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