A tip of the bowl to one of Austin's favorite eateries. Ramen Tatsu-ya has just been named the No. 1 ramen joint in the country by Time Out magazine.
Co-owners Tatsu Aikawa and Takuya "Tako" Matsumoto opened the original North Austin location of Ramen Tatsu-ya in 2012. The team instantly attracted a cult-like following and has since opened a second location on South Lamar Boulevard.
While we love the noodles and accouterments, the magazine singles out Tatsu-ya's signature broth as the reason why it earns the No. 1 spot.
"Former DJs Tatsu Aikawa and Takuya Matsumoto craft a tonkotsu that requires three days' worth of cook time, resulting in a luscious pork bone elixir that clings to each angel-hair-thin noodle," gushes the magazine. "Meltingly tender chashu (thin-sliced pork), snappy woodear mushrooms and a marinated egg finish each carefully composed bowl."
It looks like Time Out has a love affair with Austin's take on Japanese cuisine. The travel publication also name Uchi and Uchiko the No. 1 sushi destination in the U.S.