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Creamy, dreamy tonkotsu awaits at Ramen Tatsu-Ya
Creamy, dreamy tonkotsu awaits at Ramen Tatsu-Ya
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12 Essential Houston Ramen Spots

Where to slurp Clutch City's best noodles

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Creamy, dreamy tonkotsu awaits at Ramen Tatsu-Ya
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Even though Houstonians are obsessed with pho, ramen has a major foothold in Space City. Whether it’s the creamy broth, springy noodles, or endlessly-creative takes on this classic Japanese dish, Houston boasts many excellent bowls of noodles and broth.

In search of a classic bowl of tonkotsu, vegan and vegetarian options, or something a little more innovative? Houston's ramen scene has it. These 12 Houston ramen destinations serve up the city's best bowls.

Is your favorite ramen haunt missing from this map? Don't be afraid to shout it out in the comments or drop your friendly Eater Houston staff a tip.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Samurai Noodle

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1801 Durham Dr Ste 2
Houston, TX 77007
(832) 879-2982
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Straight out of Seattle, Samurai Noodle offers a miso-based vegan option for those who eschew meat. Classic tonkotsu and shoyu broths poured over consistently good noodles and garnished with fresh toppings are equally solid. Definitely try the tsukemen, or ramen with broth served on the side.

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2. Soma Sushi

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4820 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 861-2726
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Ramen gets a Texas twist at Soma Sushi, where a tonkotsu base is topped with barbecue pork belly, corn, shiitake, and more. Miso ramen is also on the menu, spiked with habanero and chili powder.

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3. Izakaya

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318 Gray St
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 527-8988
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The ramen options at this Midtown restaurant are abundant, ranging from a Mexican “menudo-style” noodle soup to traditional tonkotsu and vegetarian broth. Consider the inventive mazemen, served with garlic veloute and brandy-cured foie gras for a decidedly modern riff on the classic noodle bowl.

4. Ramen Bar Ichi

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1801 S Dairy Ashford Rd #108
Houston, TX 77077

For about $12, noodle enthusiasts can score a bowl of creamy tonkotsu or vegetarian ramen garnished with mushrooms, bamboo, char siu, and more at Ramen Bar Ichi.

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5. Ramen Tatsu-ya

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1722 California St
Houston, TX 77006

This Austin export has staked its place as one of the city's best ramen restaurants. Miso, tonkotsu, and more inventive broths are on offer, all of which can be amped up with a ton of toppings (like marinated bamboo, Parmesan, and mushrooms). Outside of the noodles, don't skip the Yodas, sweet and sour brussels sprouts tossed in apricot vinegar and curry spice.

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6. Jinya Ramen Bar

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3201 Louisiana St Ste 105
Houston, TX 77006
(832) 925-8596
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This California-based ramen chain is currently staking a bigger presence in Houston, but for now head to Midtown for a bowl of ridiculously creamy tonkotsu broth and springy, fresh noodles. Vegetarians can also chow down here on a veggie bowl packed with cauliflower, mushrooms, and asparagus.

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7. Teppay Japanese Restaurant

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Westheimer
Houston, TX 77063
(713) 789-4506
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For a quality bowl of noodles in an unassuming space, head to Teppay. The broth is creamy and full of flavor, and the noodles have a perfect springy texture.

8. Ramen Jin

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11181 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77042
(713) 278-8702

Not to be confused with Jinya Ramen, Ramen Jin on Westheimer serves three different ramen broths (tonkotsu, shoyu, and miso) along with a "dry" sesame ramen that's definitely worth a try. Be sure to save enough room to feast on a matcha waffle when all the noodles are gone.

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9. Kata Robata

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3600 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 526-8858
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A Houston favorite for sushi, Kata Robata's ramen offerings should also be on your culinary bucket list. Go for the spicy soy broth, which makes for a perfect addition to a light sashimi course.

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10. Nippon Japanese Restaurant

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4464 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 523-3939
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Serving up some of Houston's most authentic Japanese fare since 1985, Nippon Japanese is home to solid, no-frills bowls of soy, tonkotsu, and miso ramen. Beware the tiny parking lot.

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11. Cafe Kubo's

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9889 Bellaire Blvd Ste C-234
Houston, TX 77036
(713) 955-4200
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Unlike pricey, trendy bowls of ramen, the killer tonkotsu at Cafe Kubo's costs less than $8. Miso and shoyu broths are also on offer, in addition to a bowl of ramen topped with shrimp and scallop tempura.

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12. Tiger Den

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9889 Bellaire Blvd Ste D-230
Houston, TX 77036
(832) 804-7755
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Tiger Den is an obvious choice for reliably good ramen from one of Asiatown’s most prolific restaurateurs. Shoyu, tonkotsu, and miso broths are on offer, in addition to a tantan sesame broth. Stick with the classic tonkotsu — it's nice and creamy and generously topped with tender pork.

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1. Samurai Noodle

1801 Durham Dr Ste 2, Houston, TX 77007
Samurai Noodle/Facebook

Straight out of Seattle, Samurai Noodle offers a miso-based vegan option for those who eschew meat. Classic tonkotsu and shoyu broths poured over consistently good noodles and garnished with fresh toppings are equally solid. Definitely try the tsukemen, or ramen with broth served on the side.

1801 Durham Dr Ste 2
Houston, TX 77007

2. Soma Sushi

4820 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007
Soma Sushi/Facebook

Ramen gets a Texas twist at Soma Sushi, where a tonkotsu base is topped with barbecue pork belly, corn, shiitake, and more. Miso ramen is also on the menu, spiked with habanero and chili powder.

4820 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77007

3. Izakaya

318 Gray St, Houston, TX 77002

The ramen options at this Midtown restaurant are abundant, ranging from a Mexican “menudo-style” noodle soup to traditional tonkotsu and vegetarian broth. Consider the inventive mazemen, served with garlic veloute and brandy-cured foie gras for a decidedly modern riff on the classic noodle bowl.

318 Gray St
Houston, TX 77002

4. Ramen Bar Ichi

1801 S Dairy Ashford Rd #108, Houston, TX 77077
Ramen Bar Ichi/Facebook

For about $12, noodle enthusiasts can score a bowl of creamy tonkotsu or vegetarian ramen garnished with mushrooms, bamboo, char siu, and more at Ramen Bar Ichi.

1801 S Dairy Ashford Rd #108
Houston, TX 77077

5. Ramen Tatsu-ya

1722 California St, Houston, TX 77006
Ellie Sharp/EHOU

This Austin export has staked its place as one of the city's best ramen restaurants. Miso, tonkotsu, and more inventive broths are on offer, all of which can be amped up with a ton of toppings (like marinated bamboo, Parmesan, and mushrooms). Outside of the noodles, don't skip the Yodas, sweet and sour brussels sprouts tossed in apricot vinegar and curry spice.

1722 California St
Houston, TX 77006

6. Jinya Ramen Bar

3201 Louisiana St Ste 105, Houston, TX 77006
Jinya Ramen/Facebook

This California-based ramen chain is currently staking a bigger presence in Houston, but for now head to Midtown for a bowl of ridiculously creamy tonkotsu broth and springy, fresh noodles. Vegetarians can also chow down here on a veggie bowl packed with cauliflower, mushrooms, and asparagus.

3201 Louisiana St Ste 105
Houston, TX 77006

7. Teppay Japanese Restaurant

Westheimer, Houston, TX 77063

For a quality bowl of noodles in an unassuming space, head to Teppay. The broth is creamy and full of flavor, and the noodles have a perfect springy texture.

Westheimer
Houston, TX 77063

8. Ramen Jin

11181 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77042
Ramen Jin/Facebook

Not to be confused with Jinya Ramen, Ramen Jin on Westheimer serves three different ramen broths (tonkotsu, shoyu, and miso) along with a "dry" sesame ramen that's definitely worth a try. Be sure to save enough room to feast on a matcha waffle when all the noodles are gone.

11181 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77042

9. Kata Robata

3600 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098
Kata Robata

A Houston favorite for sushi, Kata Robata's ramen offerings should also be on your culinary bucket list. Go for the spicy soy broth, which makes for a perfect addition to a light sashimi course.

3600 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX 77098

10. Nippon Japanese Restaurant

4464 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006
Jing Y./Yelp

Serving up some of Houston's most authentic Japanese fare since 1985, Nippon Japanese is home to solid, no-frills bowls of soy, tonkotsu, and miso ramen. Beware the tiny parking lot.

4464 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX 77006

11. Cafe Kubo's

9889 Bellaire Blvd Ste C-234, Houston, TX 77036
Cafe Kubo's/Facebook

Unlike pricey, trendy bowls of ramen, the killer tonkotsu at Cafe Kubo's costs less than $8. Miso and shoyu broths are also on offer, in addition to a bowl of ramen topped with shrimp and scallop tempura.

9889 Bellaire Blvd Ste C-234
Houston, TX 77036

12. Tiger Den

9889 Bellaire Blvd Ste D-230, Houston, TX 77036
Tiger Den/Facebook

Tiger Den is an obvious choice for reliably good ramen from one of Asiatown’s most prolific restaurateurs. Shoyu, tonkotsu, and miso broths are on offer, in addition to a tantan sesame broth. Stick with the classic tonkotsu — it's nice and creamy and generously topped with tender pork.

9889 Bellaire Blvd Ste D-230
Houston, TX 77036

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