If you've never availed yourself of authentic, top-quality ramen--we're not talking the cheap packaged stuff, mind you--then you've missed out: This highly slurpable Japanese noodle dish brings a little bit of the divine into the everyday. Thanks to native sons Tatsu Aikawa and Takuya Matsumoto, Austin now has its own prime ramen house in Ramen Tatsu-ya. Making the "soul food of Japan" (as Tatsu calls it) in its full glory available to their hometown gives the restaurant its holy mission.
The variety of broths (pork bone, chicken, soy-and-mushroom, etc.) and toppings (from soft-boiled eggs to nori) give you ramen for every passing mood and weather, but it's all good stuff.
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