Updated January 2022
It’s cold AF in Austin so I’ll be burying myself in steaming bowls of noodles. Here are my favorite bowls of noodles and ramen in Austin to get my slurp on.
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My favorite pho in Austin is Pho Dan because the pho broth is clear and they give you a ton of meat. I’ve been eating there for years!
11220 N Lamar Blvd B-200
Phở Phong Lưu
Phở Phong Lưu has been considered one of the best pho places, especially since they don’t have MSG. I did like their pho but the fish sauce chicken wings were incredible.
9200 N Lamar Blvd #104
Located next to UT Campus is Sip Pho, when I want a steaming bowl of pho in a beautiful atmosphere, I go here. This pho restaurant was designed by an architect so the interior is beautiful. I liked the rare steak in the pho but pass on the eggrolls.
512 W 29th St
I recently tried Pho Saigon again because everyone loves their pho and I do like it because the broth is more flavorful than Pho Dans.
10901 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX, phosaigonnoodlehouse.com
My favorite ramen in Austin is Sazan Ramen for their special creamy patitan style ramen and extensive Japanese whiskey collection. Sazan also serves Japanese homestyle dishes like Steamie’s dumplings, chicken wings, and takoyaki. Currently open for only takeout.
My go-to is the paitan ramen with chicken and pork broth with but sometimes I’ll order the spicy Paitan Ramen or the Ma-Yu Black Ramen. They also have a really good veggie ramen (pictured above) with a creamy vegan broth with kale noodles topped with ATX Kakiage tempura ball made with onions, arugula, and beni-shoga.
What to order: paitan ramen
6929 Airport Blvd, sazanramen.com
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I couldn’t not include Ramen Tatsu-ya on a best ramen shop in Austin list because they started the ramen craze in Austin! If this is your first time, order the tonkotsu original with pork bone broth, chashu, nori, ajitama eggs, woodear mushroom, and scallion. They also have a veggie ramen with a soy and mushroom broth, tofu, brussels sprouts, corn, menma, woodear mushroom, and greens.
Ramen Tatsuya in East Austin also has a bar next door, Domo Alley-Gato, that focuses on highballs and Japanese curry with a spacious patio.
1600 E 6th St, South Lamar, 183, ramen-tatsuya.com
Yes, Jinya is a ramen restaurant chain (locations across the US) but I love that there are 13 different bowls of ramen to choose from. Sometimes a gal just want variety! The spicy chicken ramen is my go-to and you can get extra garlic on the side. Jinya Ramen also has a spicy creamy vegan ramen option.
3210 Esperanza Crossing #130, Austin, TX, jinya-ramenbar.com
I was so sad when Daruma Ramen closed but you can get the same great bowls of noodles at Komé – shio, miso, vegan shoyu, vegan miso, spicy kimchi miso ramen, and shoyu ramen. Of all the Japanese restaurants in Austin, Komé is one of my favorites for sushi and their chicken broth-based ramen.
What to order: shio ramen with chicken broth, chicken cha-shu, marinated egg (contains gluten), seaweed, w, bok choy, green onion, goji berry, sesame & ginger oil (contains gluten)
5301 Airport Blvd, kome-austin.com
Kemuri Tatsu-Ya This casual izakaya and bar by Ramen Tatsuya serves meat-centric shareable plates with Japanese and Texan bbq influences. No longer serving ramen 2713 E 2nd St
Other popular ramen spots in Austin
- Kanji Ramen
- Haru Ramen
- Michi Ramen – known for their pork belly, new location on 8650 Spicewood Springs Rd
Titaya’s pad thai use to be my go-to meal after landing at the airport. I would literally call-in an order right when landing and then pick it up on my way home.
5501 N Lamar Blvd #C101, titayasthaicuisine.com
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Noodle soup: 888 Pan Asian Restaurant
The roast duck noodle soup at 888 is the bomb and that’s all you need to know.
2400 E Oltorf St #1A, Austin, TX
Beef Noodle Soup:
To be honest, I’m not a fan of wide noodles (more of a skinny, thin noodle myself) but Julie’s Noodles does cut these noodles by hand. The beef noodle soup comes with a really generous serving of noodles and tender slices of beef in a clear broth. I topped mine with chili oil.
8557 Research Blvd, Austin, TX, juliesnoodles.com
I use to eat at Coco’s Cafe once a week when I went to school at UT and I went back recently to try their spicy beef noodle soup. I loved the noodles and the broth but it wasn’t very spicy as it promised and the beef wasn’t as tender as I would have liked. Still good!
1910 Guadalupe St + 8557 Research Blvd, cocos-cafe.com
101 by Teahaus The beef noodle soup at 101 is my favorite beef noodle soup in Austin because it’s that authentic Taiwanese deep, savory soy sauce-based broth with thin noodles and tender chunks of beef (the most tender beef out of all the beef noodle soups I’ve tried in Austin). 10 out of 10. 6929 Airport Blvd #132, Austin, TX
Other popular noodles in Austin
- Xian Sushi and Noodle
Dan Dan Noodles
The Peached Tortilla
Dan Dan noodles at Peached Tortilla are another favorite Asian noodle of mine. The five spiced pork with chili peanut sauce is so good!
5520 Burnet Rd #100, Austin, TX, thepeachedtortilla.com
Ramen: Ni-Kome Ni-Kome is the same owners of Kome and Daruma Ramen so I won’t be adding them to this list even though I really like the ramen at all locations. The restaurants all serve a chicken broth-based ramen so I personally like it more than a pork-based ramen because it’s lighter. Ni-Kome is located inside the Fareground dining hall. 111 Congress Ave, Austin, TX, ni-kome.com