Ramen / Noodle House in Cambridge, MA, United States
Located at Cambridge’s “Little Japan,” (more commonly known as the Porter Exchange Market) Sapporo Ramen offers both miso and shoyu-style ramen. If calories aren’t an issue, add a cube of butter on top—it’s a game-changer.
Alongside the small plates and bar fare at this music venue-meets-restaurant, there is also ramen with a decidedly southern twist, thanks to toppings like butter-braised collards, brisket, egg, and a jalapeno-sofrito.
Plan on an early dinner —between 4 and 6 p.m., that is—of ramen comprised from overnight-cooked pork broth, and toppings like pork belly, soft-poached eggs, black garlic oil, nori, bamboo shoots, and add-ons like kimchi and bacon.
Japanese Restaurant in Brighton, MA, United States
At this Brighton izakaya, start your meal with a few skewers of smoky grilled yakitori and a glass of sake, and end it with a pork broth-based ramen topped with two slices of chashu pork and chopped scallions.