There are certain foods and drinks that people consume year-round, regardless of outside temperatures, and ramen is the consummate choice when the weather starts to dip. Here, five places to enjoy a bowl of the piping hot dish this season.
Owners Jonathan and Jay show their passion for ramen by using the freshest ingredients and creating menu items that are influenced by global ramen houses ranging from Tokyo to Los Angeles, and beyond. Located in Adams Morgan, you’re guaranteed to bump into this restaurant and discover menu items like the Shoki bowl, a meat dish filled with chashu pork, bulgogi, seasoned egg, green onion, nori, garlic paste, and sprouts. 2441 18th St. NW, 202-656-5285
Toki Underground is a big supporter of the art and music scene in DC and has an exclusive feel to the place, hence the underground in the name. The menu features just five ramen dishes but it has all you need. Dishes like the Toki Classic—made of pulled pork, greens, soft egg, and pickled ginger—satisfy meat lovers, while vegetarians can get their soup on with a tofu, daikon, pickles, shiitakes, greens, and marinated kombu option. For the kimchi fans, don’t miss the ramen infused with the classic Korean dish. 1234 H St. NE, 202-388-3086
A cooking style rooted in personality and heritage, the ramen at Daikaya brings a sense of the traditional Sapporo ramen shops in Japan to the District. This is what the three owners wanted, as well as the camaraderie of Japanese casual dining right at home. The menu features traditional fare, like the Shoyu ramen with toasted garlic and caramel tones in the broth, and spicy miso ramen flavored with white miso. 705 6th St. NW, 202-589-1600
This Dupont Circle ramen spot puts a delectable spin on the hearty dish, drawing influences from Thailand, Japan, Korea, and India for their four options. The popular TomYum ramen features jumbo prawn, mushroom, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaf, and spicy lime soup. Add protein toppings like fried chicken cutlet, fried prawn, chashu pork belly, and a boiled egg. 1817 M St. NW, 202-750-6703
Some associate Momofuku with the first to make ramen “cool,” and its easy to see why this spot has people in the District jumping for reservations. The menu will keep you occupied with the three ramen options comprised of crab, pork, and vegetarian, along with the Milk Bar dessert selections. 1090 I St. NW, 202-602-1832