Since I’ve moved to Los Angeles from my hometown of Bakersfield, CA, I have definitely become your #basic foodie. Ok don’t judge me – with all of the amazing restaurants and people from all over the world, it’s hard not to fall in love with the food culture here. When I worked at Ramboll over the summer, I would get reimbursed for all of my lunches while I was out in the field, so I got to try so many good restaurants all over southern California for free!
One dish I find myself coming back to again and again is ramen. Ask any of my friends and they will tell you that I am obsessed with Japanese food. I could honestly eat sushi for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Teppanyaki is always worth the overpriced plates. And ramen is the king (or queen???) of all food ever.
Luckily for me, there is no shortage of ramen places in Los Angeles, or southern CA for that matter, so I am on the HUNT for the best ramz. ANOTHER lucky thing is that one of my best friends, Michelle, is half Japanese and Korean, so she introduces me to so many different dishes and restaurants and is always down to try somewhere new with me. SO even though I have absolutely no credibility as a food expert and tbh I eat more for texture than for taste anyway so who knows how helpful this is, here are my top ramen recs.
My fav ramen place in LA is probably a tie between Shin-Sen-Gumi and Daikokuya. Shin-Sen-Gumi has more locations and a better variety of toppings (like crunchy garlic chips!!) while always providing consistently yummy ramen. Daikokuya is super flavorful but the one in Little Tokyo is cash only and kind of a packed lil place. Some other places you should try are Slurpin’ Ramen Bar and My Ramen! They’re pretty good and a better bet if you don’t have a lot of time to wait because Shin-Sen-Gumi and Daikokuya always have long wait times.
You can keep up with my ramen adventures on my insta (@briajamison)!!