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10 Restaurants to Satisfy a Ramen Craving, Mapped

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Houston may be known as a town with great pho, but suddenly it seems like everyone's talking about ramen. Whether it's Soma taking the people's choice at last month's Go Pig or Go Home chef competition or Goro & Gun attracting a line on its first day of business, the national ramen craze has finally come to the Bayou City. The city isn't known as a ramen hotspot (yet?), but there are no shortage of Japanese and Japanese-inspired restaurants that have tonkotsu (pork), shoyo (soy) and miso offerings on their menu.

As usual, these restaurants aren't ranked, although Soma earns the top spot for both variety and overall quality. Special thanks to Carl Rosa, head of enthusiast group Ramen in Common, for his help compiling data and sharing photos.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Soma

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4820 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 861-2726
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Chef Gabe Medina's Texas ramen with barbecue pulled pork won the people's choice award at the recent Go Pig or Go Home chef competition. Soma serves six different kinds of ramen, including black bean and seafood.

2. Goro & Gun

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306 Main
Houston, TX 77002
This downtown restaurant's has tweaked its recipes and broadened its offerings. There are three kinds on the menu now, veggie, miso and pork, with a host of add-ons and upgrades.

3. Nippon Japanese Restaurant

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4464 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 523-3939
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This small Montrose institution serves soy, pork and miso ramen. Beware the tiny parking lot and be prepared to park on the other side of Montrose.

4. Fat Bao

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3419 Kirby Drive
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 677-0341
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The steamed-bun restaurant has started running Tonkotsu ramen as a Monday-night special. Follow the restaurant's Facebook page for updates.

5. Kata Robata

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3600 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 526-8858
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Not to be outdone by former sous chef Gabe Medina, Kata's chef Hori-san is serving a pork-based Tonkotsu on his lunch menu. It's earned praise from some Ramen in Common members for being more authentic than Soma's offerings.

6. Jenni's Noodle House

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2027 Post Oak
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 621-4200
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With four ramen varieties, including pineapple and ginger beef, there's nothing traditional about Jenni's noodles. For those looking for variety, it's worth checking out.

7. Teppay Japanese Restaurant

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6516 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77057
(713) 789-4506
Teppay is among Houston's most traditional Japanese restaurants, and the restaurant's tonkotsu and wafu ramen are known for their authenticity. Some Yelpers complain about a lack of toppings, but the broth is always solid.

8. Sasaki

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8979 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX
(713) 266-5768
Sasaki is another traditional Japanese restaurant with tonkotsu ramen on the menu. The broth earns praise, and the price is very reasonable.

9. Kaneyama Japanese Restaurant

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9527 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77063
(713) 784-5168
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This Westchase institution's soy ramen is one component of a large menu of traditional dishes, which makes Kaneyama the rare spot where, although the sushi is reliable, it's easy to pass on it and sample other dishes.

10. Cafe Kubo

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9889 Bellaire Blvd, Ste 234
Houston, TX 77036
(713) 995-4200
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Cafe Kubo serves three varieties of ramen after 5:00 p.m. during the week and all day on the weekends. In a 2011 review, Press critic Katharine Shilcutt praised Cafe Kubo's ramen, which indicates it's worth the drive to Chinatown to sample it.

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1. Soma

4820 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007
Chef Gabe Medina's Texas ramen with barbecue pulled pork won the people's choice award at the recent Go Pig or Go Home chef competition. Soma serves six different kinds of ramen, including black bean and seafood.
4820 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77007

2. Goro & Gun

306 Main, Houston, TX 77002
This downtown restaurant's has tweaked its recipes and broadened its offerings. There are three kinds on the menu now, veggie, miso and pork, with a host of add-ons and upgrades.
306 Main
Houston, TX 77002

3. Nippon Japanese Restaurant

4464 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006
This small Montrose institution serves soy, pork and miso ramen. Beware the tiny parking lot and be prepared to park on the other side of Montrose.
4464 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX 77006

4. Fat Bao

3419 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX 77098
The steamed-bun restaurant has started running Tonkotsu ramen as a Monday-night special. Follow the restaurant's Facebook page for updates.
3419 Kirby Drive
Houston, TX 77098

5. Kata Robata

3600 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098
Not to be outdone by former sous chef Gabe Medina, Kata's chef Hori-san is serving a pork-based Tonkotsu on his lunch menu. It's earned praise from some Ramen in Common members for being more authentic than Soma's offerings.
3600 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX 77098

6. Jenni's Noodle House

2027 Post Oak, Houston, TX 77056
With four ramen varieties, including pineapple and ginger beef, there's nothing traditional about Jenni's noodles. For those looking for variety, it's worth checking out.
2027 Post Oak
Houston, TX 77056

7. Teppay Japanese Restaurant

6516 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77057
Teppay is among Houston's most traditional Japanese restaurants, and the restaurant's tonkotsu and wafu ramen are known for their authenticity. Some Yelpers complain about a lack of toppings, but the broth is always solid.
6516 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77057

8. Sasaki

8979 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX
Sasaki is another traditional Japanese restaurant with tonkotsu ramen on the menu. The broth earns praise, and the price is very reasonable.
8979 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX

9. Kaneyama Japanese Restaurant

9527 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77063
This Westchase institution's soy ramen is one component of a large menu of traditional dishes, which makes Kaneyama the rare spot where, although the sushi is reliable, it's easy to pass on it and sample other dishes.
9527 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77063

10. Cafe Kubo

9889 Bellaire Blvd, Ste 234, Houston, TX 77036
Cafe Kubo serves three varieties of ramen after 5:00 p.m. during the week and all day on the weekends. In a 2011 review, Press critic Katharine Shilcutt praised Cafe Kubo's ramen, which indicates it's worth the drive to Chinatown to sample it.
9889 Bellaire Blvd, Ste 234
Houston, TX 77036

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