5 Places to Get Your Ramen Fix

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Just in time for the crisp fall weather, Patachou is hosting a Patachou x Otaku Ramen Pop Up Dinner tonight (Oct. 17) featuring chef and restaurateur Sarah Gavigan of the Otaku Group in Nashville. The event kicks off at 5 p.m. and the ramen is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  

In addition to operating Otaku Ramen, Gavigan and her husband, Brad, also own and operate BAR OTAKU, and Otaku To Go, where Sarah is head chef and acting CEO. Copies of Gavigan’s cookbook, Ramen Otaku: Mastering Ramen at Home, will be on sale via Wild Geese Bookshop

The Menu

Hot Chicken Buns – boneless thigh | Otaku’s hot spice | kewpie mayo slaw | steamed bao bun | pickle

TN Tonkotsu – pork broth | pickled woodear mushroom | pork confit | scallion | ramen egg

Tantanmen – vegetable broth | sesame paste | chili oil | smoked tofu | riced cauliflower

Can’t make it to the Oct. 17 pop up?

Here are four other places you can get your ramen fix this week.


Known for using seasonal produce and fish when in peak season, Ukiyo offers three kinds of ramen at this Japanese-inspired spot in SoBro. 4907 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, (317) 384-1048, ukiyoindy.com.

Ramen Ray

Serving up three types of ramen plus a few sides, Ramen Ray is a cozy spot with casual counter service and food that’s so good I once drove there hungover during a snowstorm. The best part? They’re open every damn day. 5628 E. 71st St., Indianapolis, (317) 288-7120, www.ramenray.com.


Kizuki Ramen’s philosophy is to serve the most traditional, authentic, and delicious Japanese ramen that you can possibly have without actually flying to Japan. Kizuki offers close to a dozen flavors, from shio and miso to tonkotsu, an extra-rich shoyu-flavored pork broth with lots of garlic that will be the perfect cure for that inevitable winter cold. 2450 E. 146th St., Carmel, www.kizuki.com.


While Rook’s menu showcases contemporary takes on Asian street food, this Fletcher Place joint also serves up a tasty miso ramen—the dishes are different at lunch vs. dinner so one *could* go twice in one day. No judgment here. 501 Virginia Ave., Indianapolis, www.rookindy.com.

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