Silverlake Ramen is my go to place for some super tasty ramen. Located in a strip mall the restaurant is humble in presentation but mighty in taste. They simmer their broth for 16 hours, so when it comes to your table it is the creamiest soup you’ve ever had. I always go for the tonkatsu ramen with perfectly crispy pork belly.

Silverlake Ramen
2927 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Regular tonkatsu ramen with pork belly.
Regular tonkatsu ramen with pork belly.

I love heat so I get the spicy one to which they’ve added their house chili paste. They don’t take reservations so expect to wait for a table. My suggestion is heading around the corner for drinks at The Thirsty Crow (happy hour until 8pm!), just make sure someone from your party pops over to make sure you don’t miss your table. Try it with edamame or if you’re really hungry you can get a combo of ramen, any bowl, and salad for only $3.75 more.

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Sake and edamame at Kush Sake Bar.

If you don’t want to wait or want ramen with some other tasty morsels head over to their smaller and fancier sister restaurant Kush Sake Bar in Echo Park. They have the same ramen albeit slightly smaller servings.

Kush Sake Bar
1356 Allison Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Spicy tonkatsu ramen with pork belly at Kush.
Spicy tonkatsu ramen with pork belly at Kush.

Stop in early for happy hour beer and food specials or enjoy one of their sakes anytime. The highlight of Kush is their selection of yakitori or bite size skewered morsels. My personal favorites are the brussel sprouts, bacon wrapped scallops, and wagyu beef on a rock salt plate.

Asparagus and bacon wrapped scallops with anchovy sauce.
Asparagus and bacon wrapped scallops with anchovy sauce.
Brissel sprouts with truffle oil.
Brissel sprouts with truffle oil and a selection of dipping sauce and spices.

Also not to be missed are the buns. I never fail to get a pork bun which is one of the most moist and flavorful bites I’ve ever enjoyed.

The Kush pork bun with marinated pork belly, pickled onion, and sesame mayo.
The Kush pork bun with marinated pork belly, pickled onion, and sesame mayo.

Fortunately the weather is starting to cool down and soon it will be perfect ramen weather in Los Angeles. Make sure to head out to Kush or Silverlake Ramen and get your ramen on!

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