The 5 Best Ramen Bowls Around DC

The 5 Best Ramen Bowls Around DC
Momofuku's ramen turns soup into an event. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

This comes from our 2017 Cheap Eats list, our guide to inexpensive ethnic dining in the region.

Shio

Ren’s Ramen nails its salt-accented Sapporo-style broth with the perfect proportion of umami to pork. 11403 Amherst Ave., Silver Spring; 301-933-3725.

Shoyu

Soy-sauce-scented ramens can taste one-note, but Haikan’s bowl is multilayered and nicely balanced, thanks to the chintan, a stock made from chicken, pork, and beef. 805 V St., NW; 202-299-1000.

Tonkotsu

The richness of Hanabi’s broth induces extreme porcine pleasure and can be ordered with extra pork—not that it needs it. 3024 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; no phone.

Vegetarian

Dear Momofuku CCDC, your hozon ramen, with its fermented chickpea base and fried-chickpea toppers—not to mention the springiest noodles in town—is absolutely killer. 1090 I St., NW; 202-602-1832.

Nontraditional

Sacrilegious as it sounds, the Monterey Jack that melts into the DC miso bowl at Sakuramen makes a perfect pairing with pork belly. 2441 18th St., NW; 202-656-5285.

This article appears in the July 2017 issue of Washingtonian. 

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Kristen Hinman
Articles Editor

Kristen Hinman has been editing Washingtonian’s features since 2014. She joined the magazine after editing politics & policy coverage for Bloomberg Businessweek and working as a staff writer for Voice Media Group/Riverfront Times.