Best Of 2019

Best Tokyo-Style Ramen Spot: Zundo Ramen & Donburi

Luckily, ramen has made a big resurgence in popular eating habits and that means we can progress beyond instant soup in Styrofoam cups and appreciate authentically prepared bowls of hearty broth and luxurious noodles. Zundo Ramen & Donburi wants you to eat their ramen with authentic efficiency. The pièce de résistance of the menu is the insider’s version: order the vegetarian miso ramen, request it spicy and add an egg and pork belly. It’s a Frankenstein’s monster of all the other ramens, dragging in each of the best bits of the others and leaving your stomach in a state of near-bliss. Before slurping, you want to give all the delicious ingredients floating in the deep bowl a good mix. You want the doily-like slices of lotus root to mingle with the strips of pork belly, and the rim of red miso paste, the jammy-centered soft-boiled egg and sprinkling of chopped green onions to take a bath in the bottom of the broth. Slurp as instructed. Repeat until done. You have two to three minutes to complete your mission. Zundo opened in September 2018 and droves of hungry patrons have continued to file in to eat their ramen and other menu options like donburi, a Japanese stew served over rice. Stop in for lunch or dinner or just to enjoy a drink at their bar, stocked with upward of 35 different types of sake, soju and Japanese beers. Zundo Ramen & Donburi, 220 W. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine, zundootr.com.