Ramen is a popular Japanese noodle dish you’ve probably heard of before. And I’m not talking about the 99 cent ramen noodles you ate for dinner every night in your freshman dorm room. I’m talking about the warm, delicious, happiness in a bowl that is authentic ramen.
“Eating ramen is like getting a hug for your soul.”
East End Market, 3201 Corrine Dr Suite 100, Orlando, FL 32803
Expect to wait at least an hour when coming here but it’s so worth the wait! Possibly my favorite ramen spot in town, it’s located in the East End Market and features a full bar with small bites while you wait.
The ramen is the main event but try out the signature wings or the “cheezus” (their take on Mexican street corn).
They make their own noodles which is a major reason why their bowls taste so authentic. It’s a trendy and fun vibe in there, and you can play some table games while you wait.
My go to order, Domu Wings and Spicy Tonkotsu.
869 N Alafaya Trail, Orlando, FL 32828
If you’re looking for quick ramen but don’t want to sacrifice that Domu taste, the chibi, Japanese slang for small, version recently opened in Waterford Lakes near UCF. It has a smaller menu than it’s main spot, but you can get all the favorites and even take it to-go. Perfect for a study night!
5080 W Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32808
I get more recommendations for this place than anywhere else. It’s located in the Chinatown complex off of West Colonial, but don’t let the small size fool you. Every time I go, the place is packed. It feels like an authentic ramen shop and the food proves it.
Sapporo has the best Tonkotsu broth I have ever had.
Tonkotsu bowls have a pork bone broth that is perfectly salty and thicker than miso. Some places have options for broth, but if Tonkotsu is an option, you should definitely try it!
10034 University Blvd, Orlando, FL 32817
Naruto fans unite! This ramen spot is dedicated to the well-known anime, Naruto. The walls feature awesome art of the shows popular characters and the tv’s only play reruns of the show. The menu pays tribute as well with their “Hinata Buns” and the “Ichiraku” bowl.
‘Naruto’ short for ‘Narutomaki’ is also the word for the pink and white flower shaped fish cake you typically see in your ramen bowls.
5689 Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32819
Dragon Ball fans, this one’s for you! This ramen shop takes its theme from the popular anime, Dragon Ball. The coolest part about coming here, besides the awesome tribute to the legendary story, you can build your own bowl. Pick your base, noodle type, and toppings! Perfect for picky eaters or when you know exactly what you want.
8 N Summerlin Ave, Orlando, FL 32801
This is the perfect place if you’re downtown and craving ramen. It’s a franchise ramen shop, but their dishes taste authentic. They have a good variety of options, so I like to try new bowls every time I go. Take a break from walking around downtown to sit in the window and people watch while you eat!
4898 New Broad St, Orlando, FL 32814
While the main focus here is not ramen, I think they have a delicious version of the dish. If not everyone in your party wants ramen, or maybe you also want to enjoy a full bar, Seito has traditional dishes and twist on classics. It’s a nice Japanese restaurant and it’s perfect for date night!
What’s your favorite way to order ramen? Comment below!
Alyssa Blanco is an animation nerd, computer enthusiast, and always cooking up something new in the kitchen. She's currently web design intern at Townie Tourist and a Digital Media student at UCF. Find her at @alyssakristenn on Instagram.
Go ahead, Pin it! You know you want to. :)