LA’s Best Spots for Ramen

Here, in alphabetical order, are nine ramen shops generating excitement recently on Chowhound. What are the places where you like to slurp? Jump into a discussion on the Los Angeles Chowhound board.

JIDAIYA
18537 South Western Avenue, Gardena
310-532-0999

A favorite for tonkotsu, with thick, noncurly noodles that pack a real punch.
#1 on map

KOTOYA RAMEN
11901 Santa Monica Boulevard #111, Los Angeles
310-477-1199

The tonkotsu broth got great reviews during this restaurant's soft opening.
#2 on map

MENYA IROHA
1740 West Artesia Boulevard, Gardena
No phone number available

The first US branch of a famous Japanese chain, known for its delicate chicken-based soy broth.
#3 on map

MOTTAINAI RAMEN
1650 West Redondo Beach Boulevard Suite 9, Gardena
310-538-3233

Add a lard-based flavor-bomb to the dense tonkotsu broth to achieve extra porkiness.
#4 on map

RAMEN HAYATEMARU
1644 West Carson Street, Torrance
310-212-0055

Try the delicious and unusual Hokkaido-style ramen—the thick and hearty broth is great on a cold day.
#5 on map

ROBATA JINYA
8050 West Third Street, Los Angeles
323-653-8877

An excellent choice for tonkotsu ramen, but don't overlook the rich and milky chicken broth. Additional locations in Studio City, Los Angeles, and Costa Mesa.
#6 on map

RAMEN YAMADAYA
3118 West 182nd Street, Torrance
310-380-5555

The reigning champ of the Los Angeles tonkotsu scene. Additional locations in Culver City, Westwood, Costa Mesa, and Sherman Oaks.
#7 on map

RAMEN YUKINO YA
1423 South Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia
626-821-0901

Go for the thick, curly noodles at this San Gabriel Valley ramen joint. Additional location in City of Industry.
#8 on map

TSUJITA LA
2057 Sawtelle Boulevard, Los Angeles
310-231-7373

Pricey izakaya by night and crowded ramen joint by day—try the tsukumen at what might be LA's number-one ramen joint.
#9 on map


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Photo of Ramen Yamadaya’s tonkotsu ramen by Flickr member KayOne73 under Creative Commons