Monday, July 14, 2014

Tokyo's Best Ramen According to Weekly Playboy Magazine

We (Abram and I, aka ラーメンアメリカ人) cracked out a ranking for our last week with the magazine*. This is in no way definitive, but I think we came up with a pretty solid list that could keep anyone busy for a few months. The lists are grouped in general categories. Click the shop names to be taken to a page, if I've written about it. Most shops are in Tokyo, a couple are far, far away.

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TOP5 Salt (塩ラーメン)

1. 麺や河野

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2. 牛骨らぁ麺マタドール本店

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3. 厚木本丸亭

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4. 饗くろ㐂

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5. ぜんや

(sorry, I haven't gone)


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TOP5 Miso (味噌ラーメン)

1. カラシビ味噌らー麺鬼金棒

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2. 味噌麺処花道

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3. 金竜

(sorry, I haven't gone! This spot is a bit out of the way in Chiba)

4. 3SO

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5. ラーメンおやじ本店

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TOP5 Light Soy (淡麗系醤油)

1. 煮干鰮らーめん圓

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2. 一汁三煮干裏不如帰

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3. むぎとオリーブ

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4. らぁ麺やまぐち

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5. 本枯中華そば魚雷

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Thick Style (濃厚系ラーメン)

1. 麺屋吉左右

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2. 燦燦斗

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3. 無鉄砲大阪店

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4. 長尾中華そば西バイパス本店

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5. 俺のラーメンあっぱれ屋

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Tsukemen (つけ麺)

1. 風雲児

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2. 中華蕎麦とみ田

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3. 俺のラーメンあっぱれ屋

(I didn't have the tsukemen)

4. 頑者

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5. べんてん

(sorry, I haven't been)


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TOP5 Soupless Noodles (汁なし油そば系)

1. 担々麺本舗 辣椒漢

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2. 麺屋はなび高畑本店

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3. むぎとオリーブ

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4. 油そば専門店GACHI

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5. ajito ism

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Extreme Style (エクストリーム系)

1. 麺や河野

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2. パイナップルラーメン屋さんパパパパパイン

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3. 千里眼

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4. ラーメン凪新宿煮干ゴールデン街店

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5. ラーメンBARスナック、居酒屋

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* The magazine in question is Weekly Playboy (週刊プレイボーイ or just 週プレイ). It's a weekly men's interest magazine available everywhere, especially at your local convenience store. Just look for the bikini-clad idol on the cover. Our article, Ramen Americans, ran for about two and a half years on a weekly basis.

A huge thanks is in order to all of our readers.