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.

Ajisen Ramen

Ajisen is a fast-casual restaurant that boasts a wide variety of ramen, sushi, appetizers and specialty drinks.  Kids will love the colorful menu that includes pictures of every dish, making ordering a breeze. The ABC ramen with daily made traditional noodles is a great choice here. Kids can also pick from three different kids meals with tasty choices like fish cake ramen, fried chicken, or a burger. Ice cream or other traditional Japanese desserts are a perfect way to end the meal.

Ajisen Ramen
7398 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, Ca
Online: www.ajisencalifornia.com

Photo: Javier C. via Yelp

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–-Marissa Mullen