Bantam King specializes in chicken ramen, while Haikan builds a stock of poultry, pork, and beef. But we’re equally happy to slurp up a bowl at both places helmed by chef Katsuya Fukushima. In a brightly colored former Burger King, Bantam King continues its ode to the bird with an “East meets South” Nashville hot fried chicken and chili-oil-slicked chicken dumplings. Haikan exudes cool with a mod indoor-outdoor space and fusion-minded “nibblings” such as mapo-tofu poutine. We al-ways check for fun menu specials, which in the past have included okonomiyaki-style egg rolls and soft pretzels with miso cheese. Inexpensive to moderate.
Also great: At Bantam King, shoyu chintan and spicy miso ramen. At Haikan, shoyu or vegetable ramen; Japanese deviled eggs; crab Rangoon.