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Where to Eat Piping Hot Bowls of Ramen in Nashville

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Over the past decade, ramen has quickly gained in popularity in the U.S., particularly in larger cities. In the South, the idea that not all ramen is the instant kind has been unfortunately much slower to take hold, but in the last two years, the prevalence of the Japanese noodle soup dish has seen a modest push into Nashville. While the city still has only one true ramen-focused restaurant, a handful of places do have it on the menu, providing some options when seeking a piping hot bowl of broth and noodles for slurping.

Two new pop-up ramen situations to note: Black Dynasty, a hush-hush pop-up from a local chef, and Setsun’s one-off special ramen nights from chef Jason Zygmont at East Nashville’s Sky Blue Cafe. Follow along with Black Dynasty and Setsun on Instagram to catch the next rendition of each.

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1. Two Ten Jack

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1900 Eastland Ave #105
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 454-2731
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Izakaya and ramen house Two Ten Jack offers three different ramen variations with a number of add-ons for customization. Pork broth-based tonkotsu ramen is the most popular of the three, with stewed pork (chashu), bamboo shoots, mushrooms, garlic, and a soft egg. The restaurant does not allow leftovers to be taken home, which ensures that diners enjoy their ramen the way it was intended to be eaten — hot and fresh.

Two Ten Jack

2. The Green Pheasant

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215 1st Ave S
Nashville, TN 37201
(615) 205-5400
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Co-chefs Jess Benefield and Trey Burnette (of Seed Hospitality and Two Ten Jack) just opened their new modern Japanese SoBro venture, adding new much-needed ramen options to the city. Oh the midday menu, choose from chicken broth-based tantanmen with ground pork, greens, black garlic rayu, and soft egg, or vegetarian-friendly yasai shoyu.

Shio wontonmen at The Green Pheasant
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3. Otaku Ramen

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1104 Division St
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 942-8281
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The city’s first dedicated ramen shop, Otaku opened in 2016 and has the most extensive ramen menu in the city — with steaming bowls of shoyu, tonkotsu, and (brothless) mazeman all available for slurping. They also follow traditional ramen house rules, encouraging diners to order and eat quickly, then head to the Inryo whiskey bar in back. Owner Sarah Gavigan has become such an expert on the art of ramen-making that she released her own cookbook on the matter.

Otaku Ramen
Tennessee Tonkotsu
Otaku

4. Subculture Urban Cuisine and Cafe

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5737 nolensville pk
Nashville, TN 37211
(615) 955-1223
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Hidden in a strip mall on Nolensville Pike, Subculture’s smart “secret menu” hot chicken ramen started bringing out Nashville hot chicken enthusiasts in droves. It’s not such a secret anymore, so they’re making bigger batches to satisfy the masses. In addition to the hot chicken ramen, they also offer regular ramen made with chicken dashi and a pulled pork variety.

Pulled pork ramen
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5. Umami Asian Fusion

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6900 Lenox Village Dr Ste 28
Nashville, TN 37211
(615) 818-0750
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Owned by Michelle and Steve Kang, Umami’s menu offers foods inspired from Korean and Japanese tradition, including sushi, bibimbap, Korean-style fried chicken, and yes, ramen. The restaurant flies in spices from Asia and uses local sources where appropriate. Ramen options include pork shoyu, beef miso, and spicy seafood ramen.

Pork shoyu ramen
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6. Funk Seoul Brother at the Factory

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230 Franklin Rd suite 12 s
Franklin, TN 37064
(615) 669-8782
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Ramen lovers on the south side of town need not fret — the Factory location of Funk Seoul Brother comes through with BJ Lofback’s prized pupil galbi jjim (braised short rib) served ramen-style, traditional tonkotsu with Bear Creek Farms pork belly, and brothless mazeman with Bear Creek’s smoked pork shoulder.

Galbi jjim served ramen style
Funk Seoul Brother [Official Photo]

1. Two Ten Jack

1900 Eastland Ave #105, Nashville, TN 37206
Two Ten Jack

Izakaya and ramen house Two Ten Jack offers three different ramen variations with a number of add-ons for customization. Pork broth-based tonkotsu ramen is the most popular of the three, with stewed pork (chashu), bamboo shoots, mushrooms, garlic, and a soft egg. The restaurant does not allow leftovers to be taken home, which ensures that diners enjoy their ramen the way it was intended to be eaten — hot and fresh.

1900 Eastland Ave #105
Nashville, TN 37206

2. The Green Pheasant

215 1st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201
Shio wontonmen at The Green Pheasant
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Co-chefs Jess Benefield and Trey Burnette (of Seed Hospitality and Two Ten Jack) just opened their new modern Japanese SoBro venture, adding new much-needed ramen options to the city. Oh the midday menu, choose from chicken broth-based tantanmen with ground pork, greens, black garlic rayu, and soft egg, or vegetarian-friendly yasai shoyu.

215 1st Ave S
Nashville, TN 37201

3. Otaku Ramen

1104 Division St, Nashville, TN 37203
Otaku Ramen
Tennessee Tonkotsu
Otaku

The city’s first dedicated ramen shop, Otaku opened in 2016 and has the most extensive ramen menu in the city — with steaming bowls of shoyu, tonkotsu, and (brothless) mazeman all available for slurping. They also follow traditional ramen house rules, encouraging diners to order and eat quickly, then head to the Inryo whiskey bar in back. Owner Sarah Gavigan has become such an expert on the art of ramen-making that she released her own cookbook on the matter.

1104 Division St
Nashville, TN 37203

4. Subculture Urban Cuisine and Cafe

5737 nolensville pk, Nashville, TN 37211
Pulled pork ramen
Subculture [Official Photo]

Hidden in a strip mall on Nolensville Pike, Subculture’s smart “secret menu” hot chicken ramen started bringing out Nashville hot chicken enthusiasts in droves. It’s not such a secret anymore, so they’re making bigger batches to satisfy the masses. In addition to the hot chicken ramen, they also offer regular ramen made with chicken dashi and a pulled pork variety.

5737 nolensville pk
Nashville, TN 37211

5. Umami Asian Fusion

6900 Lenox Village Dr Ste 28, Nashville, TN 37211
Pork shoyu ramen
Umami/Yelp

Owned by Michelle and Steve Kang, Umami’s menu offers foods inspired from Korean and Japanese tradition, including sushi, bibimbap, Korean-style fried chicken, and yes, ramen. The restaurant flies in spices from Asia and uses local sources where appropriate. Ramen options include pork shoyu, beef miso, and spicy seafood ramen.

6900 Lenox Village Dr Ste 28
Nashville, TN 37211

6. Funk Seoul Brother at the Factory

230 Franklin Rd suite 12 s, Franklin, TN 37064
Galbi jjim served ramen style
Funk Seoul Brother [Official Photo]

Ramen lovers on the south side of town need not fret — the Factory location of Funk Seoul Brother comes through with BJ Lofback’s prized pupil galbi jjim (braised short rib) served ramen-style, traditional tonkotsu with Bear Creek Farms pork belly, and brothless mazeman with Bear Creek’s smoked pork shoulder.

230 Franklin Rd suite 12 s
Franklin, TN 37064

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