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Where to Find the Best Ramen in Philadelphia

Top spots for warming bowls of noodles in Philly

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Cheu Noodle Bar Photo by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia
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For many, ramen conjures an image of instant noodles good for a cheap meal. In recent years, Philadelphia has seen a surge in restaurants serving real, hearty ramen that will make those days waiting at the microwave seem like a distant memory.

The traditional Japanese noodle soup dish can be found throughout the city, with favorites including Nom Nom Ramen in Rittenhouse Square, Ramen Bar in University City, Hiro Ramen House in Washington Square and Terakawa Ramen in Chinatown. Each brings its own distinctive spin on the dish, offering quick and inexpensive eats to aspiring slurpers.

Read on for our picks for the best ramen in Philadelphia.

Note: The list below includes some of our top picks. Did we miss your favorite spot? Let us know via questions@visitphilly.com

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Hiro Ramen House

Bowl of ramen from Hiro Ramen House Bowl of ramen from Hiro Ramen House
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There are seven types of ramen on the MSG-free menu at Washington Square’s Hiro Ramen House, but they are made with very serious care. The house version is updated biweekly, and all meats and poultry are sourced locally.

Where: Hiro Ramen House, 1102 Chestnut Street

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Terakawa Ramen

Bowl of ramen from Terakawa Ramen Bowl of ramen from Terakawa Ramen
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Japanese noodle bowls topped with roast pork, hard-boiled egg or soy-flavored chicken make up the main attractions at Terakawa Ramen, a sleek fast-service spot in Chinatown. The ramen-averse can sample platters with homemade curry, as well as the Japanese sandwich, with slowly braised pork, lettuce, tomato and spicy mayonnaise.

Where: Terakawa Ramen, 204 N. 9th Street

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Cheu Noodle Bar

Bowl of ramen from Cheu Noodle Bar Bowl of ramen from Cheu Noodle Bar
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Noodles are the main attraction at Cheu Noodle Bar, a 32-seat restaurant that’s received solid praise since opening in Washington Square West in early 2013. The oodles of noodles on the menu at this no-reservations hotspot include ramen, matzo ball, hand-torn and more.

Where: Cheu Noodle Bar, 255 S. 10th Street

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Nom Nom Ramen

Bowl of ramen from Nom Nom Ramen Bowl of ramen from Nom Nom Ramen
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These are not the noodles from college. Authentic Hakata-style tonkotsu ramen bowls come filled with mushrooms, bamboo, kelp, pickled ginger or soft boiled eggs, among other ingredients. To master its flavorful broth, Nom Nom Ramen in Rittenhouse soaks pork bones for more than 24 hours to extract all the richness.

Where: Nom Nom Ramen, 20 S. 18th Street

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Ramen Bar

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Just a few blocks from Market 16 Noodle Bar, Ramen Bar has staked its own claim in University City, with an affordable menu featuring eight kinds of noodles with extra toppings, plus fried rice and Japanese entrees such as steak teriyaki.

Where: Ramen Bar, 4040 Locust Street

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Yamitsuki Ramen

Seeking chicken ramen in Chinatown? You’ll find a rich version at Yamitsuki Ramen alongside vegetarian and traditional pork bowls, as well as matcha tea and snow ice.

Where: Yamitsuki Ramen, 1028 Arch Street

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Ai Ramen

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The food court at the Shops at Liberty Place might not be the first place you’d look for tasty ramen, but this solid quick-serve option from the team behind Hai Street Kitchen and Wok Street should be on your radar when in the neighborhood.

Where: Ai Ramen, 1625 Chestnut Street

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Morimoto

The Iron Chef’s first American restaurant

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Morimoto is known for more than its ramen: The Stephen Starr- and Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto-owned restaurant boasts some of the best Japanese cuisine in the city. With two types — yasai ramen for the vegetarians and Morimoto ramen soup (Chef’s take on chicken noodle) — during dinner and the addition of a pork belly ramen during lunch, the longstanding restaurant is the place to be if you’re looking for a night, or afternoon, out and some delicious ramen just a few blocks from Independence Hall.

Where: Morimoto, 723 Chestnut Street

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Zento Sushi Restaurant + Sake Bar

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A pork-heavy bowl of ramen is the staple at Old City’s Zento Sushi Restaurant + Sake Bar. Made with pork-bone stock and pork collar, the affordable dish is available during lunch and dinner.

Where: Zento Sushi Restaurant + Sake Bar, 132 Chestnut Street

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CoZara

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The second restaurant for chef Hiroyuki “Zama” Tanaka, CoZara makes a fine little sister for the chef’s upscale Rittenhouse sushi spot, Zama. The ramen selection at the University City izakaya include rich takes on the traditional slurpable soup — think pork belly and bacon fat with black garlic oil and spicy duck breast with chili and fresh garlic.

Where: CoZara, 3200 Chestnut Street

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Tampopo

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For a killer bowl of ramen (or bibimbob, soba or udon noodles) with fast service, Tampopo is the place to go. Both locations — Center City and University City — bring diners a range of Japanese and Korean cuisine, including sushi, bento boxes, soups and noodle and rice dishes, all at reasonable prices.

Where: Tampopo, S. 21st Street

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Hiro Ramen House
Terakawa Ramen
Cheu Noodle Bar
Nom Nom Ramen
Ramen Bar
Yamitsuki Ramen
Ai Ramen
Morimoto
Zento Sushi Restaurant + Sake Bar
CoZara
Tampopo
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