In Japan, ramen is treated with the same reverence as the South’s barbecue. Tonkotsu versus shoyu is akin to Carolina versus Memphis, Angela Hansberger writes in the 2019 AJC Fall Dining Guide: The Noodle Edition.
Here in Atlanta, there are oodles of noodle choices available. It’s a wonder people can have a favorite ramen place.
There is a clear winner of our Best Atlanta poll, however. The difference between No. 2 and No. 9, though, was just 60 votes.
Finishing in third place was Ginya Izakaya on Northside Drive. Its menu is tapas style, “serving traditional Japanese plates along with dishes infused with international flavors,” its website states.
In second place was Yakitori Jinbei in Cobb County. Chef Jae Choi “incorporates three types of pork bones, chicken bones and dried fish, varying temperatures and tempering flavors to provide what he calls ‘utmost umami.’”
Which restaurant came out on top?
The 2019 winner of our Best of Atlanta ramen poll is Jinya Ramen Bar, which has two locations in Atlanta and received a third of the votes.
In May, Reviews.org searched Yelp to find the best ramen in every state, and Jinya came out on top then, too.
“The fact that I gave this place a four out of five is pretty big just because I'm not a fan of Japanese ramen!” Julia P. of Suwanee wrote on Yelp. “My ramen also came with the thick noodles. I THINK I LOVE THICK NOODLES. They were so chewy and good! Would definitely go back and get this ramen again!”
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If your tastes lean toward something else, however, don’t fret. Best of Atlanta has plenty of options to keep you exploring the food scene all year.
And check out all of our Best of Atlanta winners so far this year.
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