It’s 75 degrees here in LA, so you know what that means: winter is upon us, fam. (And yes, we can hear your eyes rolling but we’re cold okay? Just let us have this.) Take advantage of the break in bikini weather to fill your belly with the ultimate cold weather comfort food.
That’s right, we’re talking about ramen.
PSA: This is not a diet food. It’s rich and fatty and if you don’t have to immediately retreat to your bed to sleep it off for 24 straight hours DID YOU EVEN RAMEN? You can get back to that #gymlife tomorrow, tonight we don our baggiest sweaters and eat our weight in noodles.
So where can you find the best bowl in LA? Our favorites below:
2057 Sawtelle Blvd
Annex 2050 Sawtelle Blvd
Ask anyone and they’ll tell you, the undisputed ramen capital of LA is a three block stretch of Sawtelle Blvd. You can’t go wrong with any noodle shop in this ‘hood, but Tsujita (and its annex across the street) is a standout. It’s an elevated take on the dingy noodle bar tradition, and with the best Tsukemen around, it’s worth waiting in line for. Just don’t forget to hit the ATM on the way over; Tsujita is cash only.
327 E 1st St
The one that started it all, the Little Tokyo Daikokuya is a must for ramen aficionados and newcomers alike. The pork broth is unparalleled, but the new vegan addition is nothing to scoff at either. This is not the bowl to instagram, but it is the one you’ll be telling all your friends about for weeks. Be prepared to wait in line and bring cash. Worth it. Trust.
3118 W 182nd St (Torrance)
With locations in San Francisco, San Diego, Orange County, and LA, this might just be the most accessible spot on our list. The original shop hits all the right notes: a little divey, a lot tucked away, and with the richest broth this side of straight bacon fat. Ask for thicker noodles for that al dente bite. And good news: credit cards now welcome, so there’s no excuse not to get your ramen on.