Your kids love spaghetti and mac and cheese––so use your noodle to build on their love of these dishes by taking them out for a bowl of Japanese ramen. Despite what you may think, there’s a lot more to ramen than just a dry noodle brick with extra salty seasoning. Considered to be a staple in Japan, ramen comes in a variety of delicious flavors. And unlike the instant stuff, restaurant served ramen is an entirely different soup game. Plus, it just so happens that Chef Andrew Zimmern said one of our top picks has the best ramen in America ––yep, right here in San Diego! Read on to be bowled over.

Underbelly

Head to visually impressive Underbelly in North Park where you can sit at large, communal tables outside with a backyard feel. Alternatively, kiddos might like to sit at the exposed bar inside where they can watch the chefs cook. No matter where you choose to pull up a chair, order at the counter and enjoy a bowl of their classic Underbelly Ramen. This signature dish features two kinds of pork with a soft boiled egg and veggies. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, the Belly of the Beast Ramen, with oxtail dumplings is another great choice. And no need to worry about slurping the soup – there are no spoons here! Round out the meal with tasty appetizers such as the crispy chicken wings or pork belly buns.

Underbelly
3000 Upas St.
San Diego, Ca
Online: www.godblessunderbelly.com

Photo: Christine C. via Yelp

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–-Marissa Mullen