When you hear the word “ramen,” does your mind immediately conjure up images of cheap drugstore noodles you make on the stove? If so, we have a treat for you! Traditional Japanese ramen is a dish that can be served in a variety of ways, all of which are delicious — and head and shoulders above a 20-cent packet of noodles. Below is a list of some of the best places to get ramen in Tucson. Enjoy!
1370 N Silverbell Rd #180, Tucson, AZ 85745
The ramen at Maru Japanese Noodle Shop is as tasty as it looks. With a large menu of authentic ramen made with a signature umami broth and other Japanese dishes like fried rice, udon, and many more, you can’t go wrong at Maru. They even have gluten-free and vegetarian options so everyone can enjoy a bowl of their incredible ramen.
2955 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85716
One of the most popular places in Tucson for ramen has got to be Raijin Ramen. And boy, are they popular for a reason. Lauded for its exceptional food and friendly service, this noodle hot spot will have you coming back for more. Their Tonkotsu Black (tonkotsu pork ramen with blackened garlic) is a crowd-pleaser, and you can wash it down with Japanese craft beer or milk tea. Not a fan of garlic? Try out their seafood ramen instead!
4610 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85712
Kiwami Ramen is an excellent choice for authentic Japanese soul food — yes, like ramen. Their signature pork broth is incredibly flavorful and featured in most of their dishes. Try their Spicy Curry Tonkotsu! This dish has a kick of spiciness that rounds out perfectly with ground pork and a seasoned egg. The sleek interior of Kiwami Ramen is great for meeting friends or a date, but if you prefer, they also have take-out.
1655 S Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85711
Our next spot combines two unlikely dishes and creates a totally unique, but delicious, flavor combo. At Toss-Fried Chicken and Ramen you can order their Chicken Ramen that includes chicken stock with shoyu, tamago, crimini mushrooms, Narutomaki, wakame, and of course, fried chicken. However, they have more traditional ramen bowls that are just as tasty if you’re not craving fried chicken.
2643 N Campbell Ave, Tucson, AZ 85719
There are twelve different ramen dishes at JA Ramen, so you’re sure to find something that suits your fancy! Try their hit dish, the Pork Tonkotsu, with tender pork cooked to absolute perfection. If you want more of a seafood flavor, try their Half Sea Tonkotsu, which includes shrimp and squid. Wash it down with some milk tea, and make sure to save room for desserts because they have mochi ice cream — Yum!