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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