Best Of 2017

Best Revamped Ramen House: Maki Express Ramen House

Best Revamped Ramen House

Formerly known as Maki Express, this itty, bitty izakaya (sans booze) has been a mainstay in Clifton Heights for more than a decade. And after a recent modern makeover, the eatery has reopened with a new name — Maki Express Ramen House — a new look and a new menu. Brightly colored Pop art murals with swirling geishas, tigers and dragons cover the walls, and the left side of the dining room has been converted into traditional seating, with sleek black tables on a raised platform for diners to sit cross-legged while enjoying their meals. Where the old menu offered a range of sushi and noodle dishes, the new streamlined edition features traditional ramen with pork belly, spinach, bamboo, sweet corn and a soft boiled egg in tonkotsu, miso or shoyu broth (the friendly young chef will also make vegetarian ramen upon request). Maki Express Ramen House, 209 W. McMillan St., Clifton Heights, 513-721-6999.