One of these is opening at the end of the month.
We realized that this site was severely missing a ramen roundup, and we think that Charlotte has got a couple of good ramen spots that we wanted to highlight! From places that are doing traditional ramen styles to more modern takes on ramen. Here are some of our favorite ramen spots. Quick mention, one of these ramen spots is up and coming at the end of the month!
1. Futo Buta
Check out that noodle pull. Futo Buta is one of the most popular ramen spots here in Charlotte, but we want to tell you up front, it’s not considered one of the most traditional. Futo Buta is doing their own take on Ramen, but that’s not a bad thing! In fact, if you’re interested in unique variations of ramen, we recommend trying their Chizu Ramen with chicken broth, pecorino cheese, whipped egg, shiso pesto, yuzu, black garlic, and scallions. That doesn’t mean they don’t do the classics either. They have Tonkatsu Ramen as well with pork bone broth and a unique pecan-smoked pork belly.
Where: 222 E Bland St, Charlotte, NC 28203
Musashi is one of Charlotte’s most traditional ramen spots in town. All of their ramens include roasted pork slices, bamboo shoots & green onions, and there are three different ramen bases. Shouyo, which is a light soy sauce base, Miso with buckwheat noodles, and Tonkotsu, a pork bone base.
Where: 10110 Johnston Rd, Charlotte, NC 28210
Roppongi Ramen Bar is one of the spots on this list that sells tsukemen, or dipping ramen, which is one of our favorite variations. This one is a shio tsukemen where you’re served cold noodles and a side of hot naturally salt flavored broth to dip your noodles. It also comes with a runny, soft-boiled egg, sliced pork chasu, leek, seaweed and dried scallop powder.
Where: 9626 Monroe Rd, Charlotte, NC 28270
Wu-Rons announced, on June 1st, they’d be temporarily closed for undisclosed reasons, but we believe that they’ll be returning! We hope so, at least, as they’re one of the city’s favorites. Keep them in your thoughts as we anxiously anticipate their comeback. This is definitely a Charlotte favorite and is sorely missed for the moment.
Where: 2200 Thrift Rd #1, Charlotte, NC 28208
Saru by BOW Ramen is located inside the popular food and entertainment hub, Camp North End. Saru specializes in Nagahama-style ramen, which highlights the Japanese region’s delicious take on ramen. Try a black garlic oil ramen known as their kurozaru ramen, or stick to a traditional or miso-style tonkatsu.
Where: 1801 N Graham St, Charlotte, NC 28206
Silverlake Ramen is a popular Los Angeles destination for ramen, and it’s no secret that Angelinos know a thing or two about good ramen. Silverlake Ramen has made its way here to Charlotte, and we couldn’t be more happy to include them in this list. They’re about quality ingredients and traditional styles of ramen, and they’ve got a little bit of everything–from tsukemen to tonkatsu to shoyu, which is their clear chicken broth-style ramen. We’d also recommend their Garlic Truffle ramen with a blend of creamy pork and vegetable broth, garlic, truffle oil, kale, mushrooms, seaweed, and a seasoned egg for a savory, elevated rendition.
Where: 2041 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203
7. Jinya Ramen
Jinya Ramen, a national Ramen chain, is slated to open at the end of July at the Ally Charlotte Center. From Spicy Chicken Ramen to Vegan, Wonton Chicken, and Shrimp Wonton Ramen, they’ve got an extensive and interesting menu, complete with starters. We can’t wait to try.
Where: Ally Charlotte Center
[featured image by futobuta via Instagram]