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Ramen Kid

In a word: Here's lookin' at ramen...

The specs: #01025  
461 W Gilman St., 53703
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JM ate the tonkotsu.
Nichole ate the shoyu.
The bill was $21, or $10.50/person, plus tip.
JM and Nichole both gave Ramen Kid an A- (see our grading rubric).

The past three years have seen a ramen explosion (which, side note, is also what you cal lit when when the noodles slip from your mouth back into the bowl) in the Madison area. We even had to hit back-to-back ramen places and it felt like a little mini-run, just like Pizza and China were.

Ramen Kid was the first stop on our mini-ramen-run. It's in the old Lava Lounge space on Gilman which means there's a long narrow dining room. JM's not sure just how Anglo he looked, but he was seated at a table with forks instead of chopsticks. (This was the right call, as it turned out.) We dithered very briefly over the menu, ordered, and got our food in less time than we'd been dithering. If splashy ramen works as a lunch for you, you'll get it fast enough provided you can eat it fast enough.

Nichole's shoyu was exceptionally tasty, with a clear broth and peppery pork.

Shoyu ramen

Nichole also got to eat the egg out of JM's tonkotsu, which featured an opaque, rich broth - slightly greasy, slightly garlicky, and super messy. JM liked the mushrooms in particular. The curly noodles were also very good.

Pork tonkotsu

Ramen Kid fits as a downtown venue - it's pretty reasonable and mostly peopled by students. Certainly you get a good bowl of ramen here, even if you have to use a fork to fish out the noodles.


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