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Best ramen

The spicy tonkatsu ramen at Umaido in Suwanee, chosen by readers and our critic as the best place in the Atlanta area to get ramen. Photo: Becky Stein, Special

The spicy tonkotsu ramen at Umaido in Suwanee, chosen by readers and our critic as the best place in the Atlanta area to get ramen. Photo: Becky Stein, Special

YOUR PICKS
1. Umaido, Suwanee
You say, “Umaido in suwanee is awesome” and “My mouth is watering just by thinking about it.”

2. Yakitori Jinbei, Smyrna
3. Miso Izakaya, Atlanta
4. Shoya Japanese Restaurant, Doraville
5. Raku, Duluth

OUR PICKS
1. Umaido, Suwanee
The AJC dining team’s specialist in International Cuisine Gene Lee says, “People who have been to Umaido either love or hate this Korean ramen-ya. I’ve been multiple times and have never found anything to dislike about it. Although I prefer aged curly noodles that develop resilience to Umaido’s house-made straight Kyūshū style, the deep broth, aesthetic presentation of toppings, oil slick of black garlic oil, and that gorgeous whole soft-boiled egg stained with soy sauce ultimately are the reasons Umaido receives my top vote.”

2. Yakitori Jinbei, Smyrna
3. Sushi Huku, Sandy Springs
4. Bishoku, Atlanta
5. Haru Ichiban, Duluth

93 comments Add your comment

mitra

May 23rd, 2011
2:57 pm

umaido in suwanee is the best.

Bud

May 23rd, 2011
3:48 pm

Looks gross who would eat that?

ChillyMutt

May 23rd, 2011
3:53 pm

Ramen is one of my favs.
Pickings are slim in Atlanta but Yakitori Jinbei is pretty good.

Adam

May 23rd, 2011
3:53 pm

Blue Fin on PIB in Duluth.

michael

May 23rd, 2011
3:58 pm

mitra is right, Umaido in suwanee is awesome!

Joe

May 23rd, 2011
4:05 pm

Third vote for Umaido!

LWells2000

May 23rd, 2011
4:09 pm

Could we try something civil [and edible] such as, “Best Black Beans and Rice” ~? C’mon~!

Father Murphy

May 23rd, 2011
4:17 pm

Lwells..how bout’ some possum stew?

Yeesh

May 23rd, 2011
4:19 pm

Yeah, Japanese food isn’t “civil” or edibile. Right….

Hashiguchi Jr. at Around Lenox. Great atmosphere, friendly staff, fair prices and awesome ramen!

Soupy Sales

May 23rd, 2011
4:27 pm

Yakitori Jinbei and Umaido are terrific also, but my vote for current fave goes to the late-night, off-the-menu ramen offered at Miso Izakaya. Yum.

(Though, honestly, it’s hard to imagine eating ramen in the heat of summer in the ATL. How about a “Favorite Cold Summer Soup” vote?)

Susie

May 23rd, 2011
4:28 pm

Yakitori Jinbei (I’m don’t know why I’m amazed about the derogatory comments here – you would think with the expansion Atlanta’s quality global food offerings people would be less narrow minded – but then again this is the internet, where the lowest common denominator tends to rule)

Didi

May 23rd, 2011
4:36 pm

@ Susie: LOL! I know right? GA hicks just have no appreciation for anything other than BBQ and grits. Seriously?! I am an AA female who just came back from Bangkok and I found the local foods absolutely delicious!!

rogeriter

May 23rd, 2011
4:40 pm

Susie and Didi–if Ga has too many hicks, Delta is ready when you are. Go back to Bangkok.

honest_abe

May 23rd, 2011
4:41 pm

only one redneck decided to chime in? amazing.

shocked

May 23rd, 2011
4:43 pm

I am surprised at the ignorance in some of the previous comments submitted. Well, maybe not… for the same reason Susie mentioned. I am going to assume that the posters of said close-minded comments are from sadly under-informed people…Oh, and Bud, since you ask, millions of Asians eat ramen – not many people at all. And, LWells, well, I don’t even know where to start with you…

Hester

May 23rd, 2011
5:02 pm

Ramens with chipped Sweet Vidaiias!!!!!!!!!!

Matt from MN

May 23rd, 2011
5:04 pm

Trolls… trolls…trolls…you are as reliable with your “oh, so witty” comments as the morning sun. How you actually learned to access the internet and use a computer with your feeble brain power is just astounding.

Melinda

May 23rd, 2011
5:10 pm

I have to admit that I haven’t tried “real” ramen yet (I’m more of a Vietnamese Pho girl myself), but that pic looks delicious!

Robin

May 23rd, 2011
5:15 pm

Having lived in Japan for two years, I was able to experience some fantastic ramen. And Bud, it’s probably two pieces of lovely pork tenderloin that you’re looking at in the picture. Go on, go out on that culinary limb, Bud and LWells, and try it. You actually might like the noodles and pork and veggies and tasty broth.Yakitori Jinbei in Marietta on Cobb Pkwy is very good and authentic and the yakitori (on the dinner menu) is fantastic. BTW, Bud and LWells, “yakitori” is skewered, bite-size pieces of chicken meat grilled over charcoal. What’s not to like….

Steve

May 23rd, 2011
5:15 pm

Yakitori Jinbei

Big Dave

May 23rd, 2011
5:16 pm

Maruchan ramen, with a pouch of chicken and cheese topping. Prepared on my camp stove while camping and playing at Jack’s River Falls. BEST lunch ever after enjoying the hike and playing in the falls!

Johnny

May 23rd, 2011
5:22 pm

the “Delta is ready when you are” bit is tiresome. Every great chef has already left ATL because this city is a dead end, as evident by the redneck comments for all yankees to leave. Well, you got your wish and the culinary scene is much better for it. As well as all the money and jobs that left too. And now the sports teams are leaving as well starting with the Thrashers, then the Hawks… Isn’t ATL much better without foreigners?

As for ramen, none are worth mentioning since most of them are Korean owned (Umaido, Raku, etc). Yakitori Jinbei uses powder soup base and pre-package noodles in plastic bags, if you haven’t been back within the last month then you should not be talking about YJ as the best. Miso Izakaya is getting there with their homemade broth and sourcing better noodles. But as for who has the best, there is none in ATL.

Angela

May 23rd, 2011
5:32 pm

LOL! Are people really arguing on an article about Ramen? I’ve had real ramen too. But i’m not gonna come on here defending why it’s so much better and how everyone here is ignorant.

Veronica

May 23rd, 2011
5:42 pm

Umaido in Suwanee! My mouth is watering just by thinking about it…

Indra Moedjio

May 23rd, 2011
6:49 pm

Bud, you are so narrow minded ! Veronica, I agree with you, Umaido in Suwanee is the best.

Proud Redneck

May 23rd, 2011
8:08 pm

Johnny – So I guess it’s all right that a Chinese outfit (Miso Izakaya) can make a decent bowl of ramen but not a Korean one?

Incidentally, what is your nationality?

dagnabit

May 24th, 2011
4:53 am

Ramen, like fried puppy dog, is not for everyone.

harpras

May 24th, 2011
5:19 am

Why’s GA so full of rednecks? Go back in your caves already??

Destin Dawg

May 24th, 2011
6:00 am

What’s wrong with BBQ and girts ??? what a dumba$$ !!!! Rednecks don’t live in caves !!! everbody knows where CAVE men live !!!!

southern yankee

May 24th, 2011
6:33 am

my wife’s kitchen

David

May 24th, 2011
6:58 am

Umaido in Suwanee, hands down

Otokonoko Wa

May 24th, 2011
7:06 am

So there’s one in Around Lenox, any others IN Atlanta ? Suwanee and Marietta are quite a bit of a drive for someone looking for in-town food. And I love me some Ramen. YUM.

To all the smug elitists out there...

May 24th, 2011
7:07 am

I’m struck at the smug tone so many people have taken on this blog. You can agree or disagree with a previous post, but to portray the entire state as a bunch of uncouth rednecks is wrong. I encourage you to get off you high horse and keep your opinions to yourself.

Highly Amused

May 24th, 2011
7:16 am

Well, I have eaten noodles in several countries, as well as several cities inj the US. I happen to like GOOD Ramen, but am not in love with it. I AM, however, glad I read this listing because now I can begin my workday laughing my butt off over the racism an xenophobia of a bunch of people who 1. probably could not pass an entrance exam to defend “their” country. 2. Probably would not have the fortitude to do so if the COULD pass the exam. and #. Probably have to go to Dictionary.com to look up xenophobia. By the way, for the record, UMAIDO is very good.

Bornin ATL

May 24th, 2011
7:27 am

Otokonoko wa…fyi…Around Lenox is IN Atlanta. Get out and drive around.

ComputerBlue

May 24th, 2011
7:49 am

I recently tried the ramen at Thai Peppers in Kennesaw. It wasn’t too bad, but it didn’t reheat well the next day… seems like something you need to eat the first day. It’s definitely not the same thing you get from a bag.

and all you Atlantans need to get over yourselves. I was born in AL, grew up in SC and lived in TX before moving here… My heart is heavy to tell you that the food here is pretty dreadful. TX has some of the best Asian food I’ve ever had and despite the fact that Dallas is further from the ocean than Atlanta, the seafood was better and fresher too. Ok, so the BBQ was not great but it’s almost worse here. In “podunk” SC, at least you could get decent German food and I would put Wade’s in Spartanburg up against any meat +3 in Georgia. Lexington NC has the greatest pulled pork BBQ hands down.

I have lived in this area for about 8 years. I know people want to be proud of where they live, but some of these comments just show how little some of y’all know about what food really should taste like. Venture out of your comfort zone… There’s more to life than McDonald’s or even the Varsity.

Edward

May 24th, 2011
8:06 am

Miso Izakaya is amazing, so fresh and delicious and I don’t have to drive to Suwanee or Duluth for it.

Duluth

May 24th, 2011
8:10 am

There are always comments that you can expect to see on any of these “Best..” nominations:
1) Delta is ready when you are.
2) My mama’s kitchen (or my kitchen).
3) Insert comment here
4) Any variation of the comments that Atlanta’s food is horrible
5) Any variations of the comments about OTP vs ITP

Did I miss any? Really people. This is getting old. It’s taking longer and longer to sort through serious nominations and the ever-present stupidity that many of you proudly display. Can’t you find other more productive ways to spend your time?

SusanG

May 24th, 2011
8:14 am

I’m a born southerner and have lived in SC or GA my whole life. Last weekend I had amazing lengua tacos at El Potro. Yep, tongue. I also have northern based friends who wouldn’t touch them so don’t assume that people are close minded about food just based on where they live or where they’re from.

While I do love the Varsity, good barbecue and grits I also love many restaurants along the Buford Hwy corridor (and am now craving C’om, thanks). If you’d like to experiment, that’s a great place to start broadening your horizons, be you southerner or “Yankee!” Thanks for the tip about ramen joints! :)

jc_atl

May 24th, 2011
8:14 am

Yakitori Jenbei – only place I’ve had it and their Tonkatsu is fantastic. If you rednecks dismiss this you are missing out – you like pork, right?

Mmmmm

May 24th, 2011
8:32 am

FYI to those know-nothing snobs who think only the Japanese should make the best ramen. The best ramen shops in Japan are owned by the Chinese. It’s been that way for ages.

You Buncha Dummies

May 24th, 2011
8:39 am

Bangkok isn’t in Japan. Sheesh…you people need to go back to Geograpy class. And Panda Express (GROSS) is CHINESE food, not Japanese.

glee

May 24th, 2011
8:51 am

Sigion Cafe near Gwinnett place mall next to Marshalls great meal small bill. Pho soup p14 chicken noddle soup on menu grand size soup bowl, fresh herbs, and bean sprouts. Oh so good clears your sinus if you add enough hot sauce. My family loves it. Great for take out too everyone dig in and eat up yummy.

Glitterstick

May 24th, 2011
9:04 am

Wow! this looks like another forum of Craigslist Rant’s and Raves

Newt Greengooch

May 24th, 2011
9:04 am

Panda Express is hardly Chinese food. In China they don’t much care for white meat chicken or corn syrup.

Now Ming’s BBQ on Pleasant Hill… thats some real Chinese food. I’m craving a plate of stir-fried ducks tongues (yes, actual duck’s tongues) now.

Glenn

May 24th, 2011
9:11 am

Good grief . I have never seen ramen noodles on a menu . You are just reaching now . Its time to face the music . There is nothing left to judge . Revisit pizza & barbeque annually and be done with this .

Tod Watkins

May 24th, 2011
9:12 am

FIRST!!!!on the second page.

Joe

May 24th, 2011
9:12 am

Statistics Major

May 24th, 2011
9:13 am

what about fried chicken?

Tod Watkins

May 24th, 2011
9:17 am

I still like Bennihana. Best Chinese around.