Ramen in Philadelphia is consistently delicious, flavorful, and creative. Though the noodle scene isn’t as flourishing as other metropolises, there are plenty of great options for enjoying a steamy and soothing bowl of ramen. Check out our top picks below.
Head to University City for an affordable array of noodles. Nine different kinds of ramen are available, and extra toppings include ginger, seaweed, and marinated pork. Noodle refills cost only two dollars with the secret phrase (“Kae-dama, Kudasai”). Don’t forget to try other items like takoyaki, an octopus-stuffed dough. Vegan options are also available.
OUR PICK: Kara Kara (spicy minced pork noodle, marinated pork, kikurage, red pickled
ginger, sesame, scallions
4040 Locust Street
Just a five-minute walk from the Independent Hotel, Cheu Noodle Bar is one of the most popular ramen restaurants in Philadelphia. Grab a seat by the bar to watch cooks and servers work in tandem to create fusions of rich, brothy flavors. Perfectly-cooked noodles, smart ingredient combinations, and well-seasoned broth create knockout ramen.
OUR PICK: Brisket Ramen (brisket, noodles, sesame red chili broth, kimchi, matzo ball)
255 S. 10th Street
Donburi, curries, and noodle bowls shine at Terakawa, a casual-chic spot that serves up its ramen quickly. A variety of flavor combinations will delight noodle lovers, and other options like homemade curry, rice bowls, and pork buns make it a viable option for any Asian food lover. Eat up, and enjoy the affordable prices.
OUR PICK: Shoyu Ramen (soy sauce and chicken broth, roast pork or chicken, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts, scallions, fish cake, seasoned boiled egg)
204 N. 9th Street
Hiro Ramen House features an MSG-free menu with seven types of ramen. All meats are locally sourced, and ingredients are carefully selected to put together only the most creative and delicious options. A $14 lunch special gets you a ramen bowl, an appetizer, and a beverage.
OUR PICK: Chicken Shoyu Ramen (soy-konbu broth, chicken, pork belly, egg, bamboo, scallion, nori and naruto, a spiral cured fish slice)
1102 Chestnut Street
Four different ramen options are available at Nom Nom, where the tasty and flavorful broth is the product of soaking pork bones for 24 hours. Other menu options include dishes like crispy shrimps with a sweet and spicy glaze, and pork or eggplant buns.
OUR PICK: Karai Miso (spicy tonkotsu broth, braised pork belly, kikurage mushrooms, bamboo, scallion, naruto, scallions, and black garlic)
20 S. 18th Street