For many people, ramen is probably best known as a package that makes a handy after school snack for kids, or a cheap dinner for college kids. But recently ramen noodles have been taking over the foodie world, with big bowls of rich slurpy noodles taking over Los Angeles and even being fused into burger buns. With a prime location in the San Gabriel, Pasadena has easy access to some ramen joints and more are trickling our way. Take a look at some of the ramen places around town.
On the rare chilly days in Pasadena, locals head to Tamashii Ramen House on Colorado Boulevard for a steaming bowl of ramen and hot tea. Favorite items include Spicy Tonkotsu, Black Tonkotsu and the convenient location makes it a perfect stop when running errands or before or after a show.
Tamashii Ramen House 950 E Colorado Blvd Ste 204 Pasadena, CA 91106 (626) 228-3666 http://www.tamashiiramen.com/
Tokyo Shabu Shabu may not have ramen in its name, but ramen noodles accompany many of the broths that can be added to the shabu shabu entrees, such as tonkotsu and various miso soups.
Tokyo Shabu Shabu 345 South Lake Ave, Suite 101 Pasadena CA 91101 Phone: (626) 844-7355 http://www.tokyoshabushabu.com
Over in South Pasadena, in the Bristol Farms strip mall, Modan Artisanal Ramen has been getting praise for its creativity in its ramen offerings and small bites. A kind of trendy take on ramen, there are big bowls of ramen and you can also find spicy tuna bowls, brussel sprouts and other sides to accompany your bowl of rich broth and noodles.
Modan Artisanal Ramen 700 Fair Oaks Ave Ste G South Pasadena, CA 91030 (626) 799-2878
And of course, when all else fails, rumor has it that you can get a ramen burger at L&L Hawaiian Barbecue on Arroyo Parkway and Noodle World in Old Town has various ramen dishes amongst its plentiful Asian noodle offerings.