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.

Menya Ultra

The menu may be limited, but don’t let that stop you from ordering what has recently been voted the best ramen in the country! You’ll want to line up early for this one, as wait times for a table can take up to an hour. The noodles, which use wheat imported straight from Hokkaido, Japan are what set Menya Ultra apart. They are made fresh daily and combined with a super creamy, flavorful broth. The Tonkotsu Ajitama Ramen is a popular choice here. But even if your kids aren’t quite digging the ramen, there's also gyoza, popcorn and edamame on the menu.

Menya Ultra
8199 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Ste. M
San Diego, Ca
Online: www.menya-ultra.com

Photo: Dennis C. via Yelp

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–-Marissa Mullen