When you’re in need of a little comfort food, Virginia’s wonderful noodle places will come to the rescue. It doesn’t matter if you’re sitting down for a dinner date with your significant other or you’ve just finished up a night at the bar with friends, noodles are sometimes exactly what you need. For a whole variety of delicious noodles, check out these 8 Virginia spots.
Rice and Noodles Thai in Alexandria, Virginia is a family owned and operated restaurant serving Thai gourmet. The menu, as you might have guessed, is right there in the name: Primarily, they’ve got rice, and they’ve got noodles. Choose from nine unique noodle dishes including lard na and bamee noodles soup.
Ichran Japanese Ramen isn’t your typical three-minute noodles. This ramen comes directly from Japan, where Ramen is an art form all to itself. Popular dishes here are the red miso ramen, katsu ramen, and milk based ramen.
Oishii only opened a few years ago but has already made a name for itself. Their customizable ramen bowls allow you to make the perfect dish. First, you choose a type of noodle, Then a broth. Add a protein and bump up your flavor before enjoying.
Jinya Ramen Bar aims to make ramen as ubiquitous as Chipotle. With locations in eleven states plus D.C. and more international locations, they’re well on their way. Choose from 13 different ramen dishes including spicy umami, tonkotsu, and more.
Grace Noodle in Richmond, Virginia specializes in “fresh, homemade ramen noodles.” The menu is full of delicious ramen and fried noodle dishes, including gomoku yaki soba (grilled noodles with veggies or protein), “stamina ramen” (group pork, leeks and scallion).
Tanpopo Ramen in Annandale, Virginia is a low-key restaurant serving delicious ramen. Their shio ramen, salt flavored soup with a hard-boiled egg and seaweed, is the star of the menu, although just about any of their ramen dishes is something to write home about.
Marumen Ramen Shop in Fairfax, Virginia serves “happiness in a bowl.” They serve traditional ramen dishes, like a miso broth with braised chicken, and specialty ramen, like a braised short rib dish. Their “Army” option, made with sausage, spam, pork shoulder, kimchi, cabbage, and bean sprouts, is our favorite.
Gaijin Ramen Shop was recently voted “Best Ramen in Arlington” by Arlington Magazine. Their ramen menu is, as one might expect, extensive, with 19 options, plus soupless ramen options. Soupless ramen is served in umami-rich homemade yuzu sauce and tossed with cucumber, bean sprouts, fried onions, and crispy ramen, along with a protein.