November 13, 2019 The Best Source of News, Culture, Lifestyle for Culver City, Mar Vista, Del Rey, Palms and West Los Angeles

Belly Warming Sawtelle Ramen Standouts

Sorting the noodle and broth chaos of Sawtelle Blvd.

By Kerry Slater

While a heaping bowl of ramen sounds mouth-watering all year round, the winter months make it an especially desirable meal. In many parts of the country, the only way to satisfy this craving is with a pack of Maruchan instant noodles, but luckily on the Westside, a ramen-heaven exists. The holy place in question is, of course, Sawtelle Boulevard, where in some areas three ramen houses stand within a 100-foot radius of each other. To help sort through all the noodles and broth, here are four stand-out ramen houses on Sawtelle, ranked in no particular order.

Tsujita LA Artisan Noodles
2057 Sawtelle Blvd

Tsukemen ramen with a soft boiled egg at Tsujitsa Annex. Photo:
Flickr (City Foodsters, https://bit.ly/2D0KWf9).

Remember when I just wrote that these entries were ranked in no particular order? Well, that was a lie. Tsujita LA Artisan Noodles, located on the corner of Sawtelle Boulevard and Missippi Avenue is considered by many to be the holy grail of ramen shops, not only on Sawtelle, not only in Los Angeles but throughout the entire United States.

Their specialty is Tsukemen ramen, with tonkatsu (pork) broth on the side of thick, perfectly al-dente noodles. Words can not do justice describing the experience of slurping down a bowl of ramen at Tsujitsa. Instead, head on over to Sawtelle and wait in line for ramen that may or may not change your life. 

Tatsu
2123 Sawtelle Blvd

Soul Ramen at Tatsu. Photo: Facebook.

Tatsu may not quite be on the same level as Tsujitsa, but they still serve a mighty fine bowl of ramen. Located a hop, skip and a jump from Tsujitsa, diners are greeted at Tatsu not by a hostess but rather by a row of iPads where patrons place their orders. There are a variety of ramen options to choose from, all excellent, but the “bold” and “soul” ramens are particular standouts. The bold ramen is heavy on the garlic, heavy on the spice and will leave even the most ambitious eater feeling full. The soul ramen, while by no means light, is a bit more subtle than the bold ramen, and living up to its namesake, really does warm the soul.

Shin-Sen-Gumi
1601 Sawtelle Blvd #101

Hakata style ramen at Shinsengumi. Photo: Facebook.

Located north of Santa Monica Boulevard, away from the hustle and bustle of central Sawtelle, Shin-Sen-Gumi may not be on many diners’ radar. Despite being removed from the chaos, Shinsengumi delivers Hakata ramen that stands up to any place on the block. Patrons choose from a variety of sides to put in their ramen, from staples like garlic and mushrooms to lesser-seen options like flavored-egg and spicy miso paste flavor bombs. Despite the level of customization offered, the broth and noodles at Shin-sen-gumi speak for themselves, a mark of any top-notch ramen house.

Killer Noodle
2030 Sawtelle Blvd

Tokyo style ramen at Killer Noodle. Photo: Kerry Slater.

A bowl of ramen at Killer Noodle not only looks much different than a typical bowl of ramen, but it also tastes a whole lot different as well.

The signature dish at Killer Noodle is their Tokyo style ramen. Made with a peanut-based broth, diners are asked to choose on a scale of 1-7 both how spicy and how numbing they want their ramen to be. Killer Noodle uses sansho peppers in their broth. Packed with citrus flavor and a tongue- numbing agent, these peppers make eating a bowl of ramen at Killer Noodle not only a meal but a full-body experience.

Related Posts

Culver City Raises $25K for Homeless Veterans

November 12, 2019

November 12, 2019

Tribute to Heros – Field of Valor honors veterans and first responders in Culver City By Chad Winthrop On Veterans...

Woman Crashes Car Trying to Get Popeyes Chicken Sandwich, Dessert Goals Food Festival: Westside Local Show November 11, 2019

November 12, 2019

November 12, 2019

Westside Local Show – November 11, 2019 – all your local news, events and happenings in under 5 minutes.* Woman...

Nearly 150-room ‘Boutique’ Hotel Coming to Culver City’s Ivy Station

November 11, 2019

November 11, 2019

500,000 square foot mixed-use development coming mid-2020 By Keldine Hull Culver City’s Ivy Station, a 500,000- square foot mixed-use development...

More Entertainment Development for Culver City?

November 8, 2019

November 8, 2019

Real estate group purchases Blackwelder office complex By Sam Catanzaro As Amazon, Apple, HBO and other companies move forward with...

Culver City Jefferson project holds community meeting, Tacos & Tequila happy hour: Westside Today News Show November 8, 2019

November 8, 2019

November 8, 2019

Westside Today News Show November 8, 2019- all your local news and events in under 5 minutes.* Culver City Jefferson...

The Delicious Chefs for Seniors Experience

November 7, 2019

November 7, 2019

By Keldine Hull Chefs for Seniors offers a unique and tailored dining experience for senior citizens in the comfort of...

Edify TV: Santa Monica Farmers Market Fall Produce

November 7, 2019

November 7, 2019

Reporter Jacki Karsh heads down to the Santa Monica Farmers Market to hear all about what to do with Autumn...

Lily the Pink – Helping Women Look Their Best

November 5, 2019

November 5, 2019

Sandy Allbright’s permanent makeup studio in Brentwood  By Staff Writer For women who want to look their best all the...

Edify TV: Dog-O-Ween

November 5, 2019

November 5, 2019

Venice Dog-O-Ween was Sunday, November 3rd. Dogs and their owners walked the red carpet to show off the best Halloween...

New Hyatt hotel is beginning construction at Culver City Ivy Station, Helms Bakery district fashion sample sale: Westside Today News Show November 4, 2019

November 4, 2019

November 4, 2019

Westside Today News Show November 4, 2019 – All your local news and happenings in under 5 minutes!* New Hyatt...

Culver City Firefighters Movember

November 4, 2019

November 4, 2019

By Keldine Hull Culver City firefighters will be growing mustaches throughout November in honor of Movember, a month-long campaign created...

Culver City Fire Department Helping Fight Blazes Across State

November 1, 2019

November 1, 2019

CCFD aids in combating Palisades, Tick and Kincade fires By Chad Winthrop The Culver City Fire Department (CCFD) has been...

Getty Fire Forces Widespread Westside Evacuations: Westside Today News Show November 1, 2019

November 1, 2019

November 1, 2019

Westside Today News Show November 1, 2019 – special coverage of the #GettyFire, which as of Friday morning has burned...

Edify TV: Marina Spooktacular 2019

October 31, 2019

October 31, 2019

Over the weekend kids braved the Marina del Spooktacular, a two-day festival put on by LA County offering scares for...

Comments
Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *