Best of the Best

The question I am most frequently asked, apart from, "Can you use chopsticks?" is about my favorite ramen shop. The simple answer is that I don't have a favorite. I love travel and food, called 食べ歩き (tabearuki) in Japan. My favorite shop is the one I'm going to tomorrow.

No one likes this answer.

So I have made some best-of lists over the years. Check out the 2016 lists for some new gems, and the Tabelog 2015 list for a legit ranking made by Japanese experts. Avoid Yelp or other non-Japanese ranking sites. Lines are a good thing. Lines of people with suitcases negates all assumptions; some touristy places are amazing, some are downright awful.

I label any bowl I enjoy with オススメ, which means recommended.

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