Best Of 2018

Best Ramen Roundup: Northside Yacht Club; Please

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click to enlarge HAILEY BOLLINGER
Hailey Bollinger

Steamy, savory and filled with noodles, ramen is as much of a food for the soul as a bowl of chicken soup on a cold day (or a hot one). Chef Hideki Harada’s weekly ramen pop-up, held every Monday from December through March at Northside Yacht Club, provided a warm escape from the winter chill, dishing out an array of concoctions from traditional tonkotsu ramen to a vegetarian mushroom ramen and a Mighty Duck blend (Peking-style roasted duck, bok choy, tea-marinated egg and red mayu). This was all to hype Harada’s forthcoming Japanese gastropub in College Hill, Kiki. OTR’s Please also threw its hat into the weekly ramen game with its Tuesday night ramen menu. Chef Ryan Santos blended classic with creative to make three options each week: a veggie bowl, a traditional bowl and a wildcard. The big fan favorite? His vegetarian take on Cincinnati-style chili, which eerily resembles something you’d slurp up at Skyline — complete with cheese. Both nights were so popular for each establishment that they were selling out a couple hours into the evening each week. Thankfully, they both upped their rations and bowl counts. Northside Yacht Club, 4227 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, northsideyachtclub.com; Please, 1405 Clay St., Over-the-Rhine, pleasecincinnati.com.