January 24, 2020

These 19 Cincinnati Ramen and Pho Joints are Serving Up Some Steamy Noodz

Noodle-slurpin' weather is upon us and, thankfully, there appears to be no shortage of options when it comes to getting that warm, noodly fix. From hole-in-the-wall ramen spots to excellent pho joints, these steamy eateries are here to warm your soul and fill you up with hot noodz.  
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Zundo Ramen & Donburi
220 W. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine
Slurp-worthy bowls make Zundo the new go-to for ramen in Over-the-Rhine. The restaurant’s traditional 14-hour broth, along with flavor-amping ingredients like pork belly and soft-boiled egg with custardy yolk, underpin the ramen options, like the stellar tonkotsu. Meanwhile, donburi choices range from pork katsu to curry to unagi. The large selection of sake pairs perfectly with anything from the food menu.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Zundo Ramen & Donburi

220 W. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine
Slurp-worthy bowls make Zundo the new go-to for ramen in Over-the-Rhine. The restaurant’s traditional 14-hour broth, along with flavor-amping ingredients like pork belly and soft-boiled egg with custardy yolk, underpin the ramen options, like the stellar tonkotsu. Meanwhile, donburi choices range from pork katsu to curry to unagi. The large selection of sake pairs perfectly with anything from the food menu.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Kiki College Hill
5932 Hamilton Ave., College Hill
Kiki offers two ramen choices: shio ramen, a chicken broth with pork belly, negi, a tea-marinated egg and rayu; and kimchi ramen, featuring housemade kimchi and tofu. To warm up your pre-ramen palate, try the shishito peppers crowned with fluffy shreds of parmesan cheese, or the edamame, tossed in sea salt or tare. And you could never go wrong with the gyoza, either pork or mushroom, or the curry pan, a sort of fried bread or dumpling described as a "curry donut."
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Kiki College Hill

5932 Hamilton Ave., College Hill
Kiki offers two ramen choices: shio ramen, a chicken broth with pork belly, negi, a tea-marinated egg and rayu; and kimchi ramen, featuring housemade kimchi and tofu. To warm up your pre-ramen palate, try the shishito peppers crowned with fluffy shreds of parmesan cheese, or the edamame, tossed in sea salt or tare. And you could never go wrong with the gyoza, either pork or mushroom, or the curry pan, a sort of fried bread or dumpling described as a "curry donut."
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Pho Lang Thang
1828 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
Cincinnati Vietnamese eatery Pho Lang Thang recently opened their new location across the street from Findlay Market, offering a larger space and a fully-stocked bar. TVs at the bar means this soup-and-sandwich shop can quickly turn into a lively sports hub when a big game is on. Order from a wide variety of pho options, ranging from brisket and meatballs (nam, bo vien) to vegan mushroom pho or tendon and tripe (gan, sach).
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Pho Lang Thang

1828 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
Cincinnati Vietnamese eatery Pho Lang Thang recently opened their new location across the street from Findlay Market, offering a larger space and a fully-stocked bar. TVs at the bar means this soup-and-sandwich shop can quickly turn into a lively sports hub when a big game is on. Order from a wide variety of pho options, ranging from brisket and meatballs (nam, bo vien) to vegan mushroom pho or tendon and tripe (gan, sach).
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Osaka Ramen House
8084 Beechmont Ave., Anderson Township
Osaka is a popular East Side ramen destination, well known in the Anderson area for its reasonable prices and timely service. As all menu items cost less than $15, Osaka is a hotspot for affordable and highly sought-after Asian cuisine. Their namesake is their speciality, like the Tan Tan ramen: noodles in a spiced pork broth, ground pork, bamboo, sweet corn, bean sprouts and green onion, complimented by a soft boiled egg — all for $12. If you’re feeling hungry, tacking on extra noodles will only cost you a dollar.
Photo via facebook.com/osakaramenhouse

Osaka Ramen House

8084 Beechmont Ave., Anderson Township
Osaka is a popular East Side ramen destination, well known in the Anderson area for its reasonable prices and timely service. As all menu items cost less than $15, Osaka is a hotspot for affordable and highly sought-after Asian cuisine. Their namesake is their speciality, like the Tan Tan ramen: noodles in a spiced pork broth, ground pork, bamboo, sweet corn, bean sprouts and green onion, complimented by a soft boiled egg — all for $12. If you’re feeling hungry, tacking on extra noodles will only cost you a dollar.
Photo via facebook.com/osakaramenhouse
Quan Hapa
1331 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
"Hapa" is the word for a mixed-race Asian or Pacific Islander — the perfect nomenclature considering the street food-focused menu is an iteration of the best dishes and spirits from the Philippines, Vietnam, Japan and China. Their menu is delineated into sections of small plates, okonomiyaki (Japanese pancakes), noodles, ramen and bowls. Hungry patrons can get their noodle fix with the house Hapa ramen, spicy ramen or vegan mushroom ramen or build their own. Start by choosing your broth, followed by add-ons like pork belly, fried silken tofu, enoki mushrooms, roasted cauliflower, housemade kimchi, bamboo shoots and more. 
Photo via Facebook.com/QuanHapa

Quan Hapa

1331 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
"Hapa" is the word for a mixed-race Asian or Pacific Islander — the perfect nomenclature considering the street food-focused menu is an iteration of the best dishes and spirits from the Philippines, Vietnam, Japan and China. Their menu is delineated into sections of small plates, okonomiyaki (Japanese pancakes), noodles, ramen and bowls. Hungry patrons can get their noodle fix with the house Hapa ramen, spicy ramen or vegan mushroom ramen or build their own. Start by choosing your broth, followed by add-ons like pork belly, fried silken tofu, enoki mushrooms, roasted cauliflower, housemade kimchi, bamboo shoots and more.
Photo via Facebook.com/QuanHapa
Mochiko
A pop-up pastry and noodle shop, Mochiko’s noodles are made by Keizo Shimamoto, who operated New York City’s acclaimed Ramen Shack. Shimamoto now makes noodles in small batches and a Mochiko pop-up might be the only place to eat them outside of New York City. Past pop-ups across Cincinnati have featured delicacies like black truffle shoyu ramen and tori gyokai ramen with rich chicken paitan and smoked fish. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Mochiko

A pop-up pastry and noodle shop, Mochiko’s noodles are made by Keizo Shimamoto, who operated New York City’s acclaimed Ramen Shack. Shimamoto now makes noodles in small batches and a Mochiko pop-up might be the only place to eat them outside of New York City. Past pop-ups across Cincinnati have featured delicacies like black truffle shoyu ramen and tori gyokai ramen with rich chicken paitan and smoked fish.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Noodle and Hot Pot
4750 Fields Ertel Road, Loveland
A gem in a sleepy strip mall in Cincinnati’s northern suburbs, this spot is hopping with fans craving hot pot. Owners Yuke Qiu and Jennifer Niu spare no expense on the soups that make up the menu’s backbone, sourcing them from a chef in Qiu’s hometown in China. The chef creates seven different bases with hard-to-find ingredients, then packages and ships them to the restaurant. The ‘nine boxes spicy’ soup, for example, includes chunks of beef fat, amplifying heat and flavor. Among the 80-odd choices of ingredients to dunk into the hot pot, the "one meter-long lamb" stars, with thinly sliced organic lamb arrayed on a wooden paddle.
Photo: Erin Celesti

Noodle and Hot Pot

4750 Fields Ertel Road, Loveland
A gem in a sleepy strip mall in Cincinnati’s northern suburbs, this spot is hopping with fans craving hot pot. Owners Yuke Qiu and Jennifer Niu spare no expense on the soups that make up the menu’s backbone, sourcing them from a chef in Qiu’s hometown in China. The chef creates seven different bases with hard-to-find ingredients, then packages and ships them to the restaurant. The ‘nine boxes spicy’ soup, for example, includes chunks of beef fat, amplifying heat and flavor. Among the 80-odd choices of ingredients to dunk into the hot pot, the "one meter-long lamb" stars, with thinly sliced organic lamb arrayed on a wooden paddle.
Photo: Erin Celesti
Maki Ramen House
209 W. McMillan St., Clifton Heights
Formerly a sushi restaurant, Maki Express opened a new chapter serving up ramen and other Japanese dishes. The restaurant is small and intimate, and the atmosphere is a great mixture of modern and traditional. Sit down and enjoy a steaming bowl of shrimp tempura ramen, or dive into an order of takoyaki.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Maki Ramen House

209 W. McMillan St., Clifton Heights
Formerly a sushi restaurant, Maki Express opened a new chapter serving up ramen and other Japanese dishes. The restaurant is small and intimate, and the atmosphere is a great mixture of modern and traditional. Sit down and enjoy a steaming bowl of shrimp tempura ramen, or dive into an order of takoyaki.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Fortune Noodle House
349 Calhoun St., Clifton Heights
You know your noodles are made with love when a restaurant dedicates an entire employee just to their production, but here’s the thing: Everything else at Fortune is delicious, too. Inspired by classic Chinese noodle houses, Fortune serves a La Mian-style of handmade noodles, a practice that dates back to the 1500s. The noodles are hand-pulled and stretched out into strands, then paired with everything from vegetables to squid and shredded pork to tripe.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Fortune Noodle House

349 Calhoun St., Clifton Heights
You know your noodles are made with love when a restaurant dedicates an entire employee just to their production, but here’s the thing: Everything else at Fortune is delicious, too. Inspired by classic Chinese noodle houses, Fortune serves a La Mian-style of handmade noodles, a practice that dates back to the 1500s. The noodles are hand-pulled and stretched out into strands, then paired with everything from vegetables to squid and shredded pork to tripe.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Pho 96
7844 Kingland Drive, West Chester
Pho 96 is a traditional Vietnamese restaurant known for their authentic Vietnamese noodle dishes. Served in bowls fit for a king, this traditional pho will have you stuffed to the brim — you can even get the "giant" order for a mere $2.50 upcharge. Choose from a variety of beef, chicken, pork, seafood and vegetarian options. Garnish your bowl with a generous drizzle of Sriracha or plum sauce and round out the meal with a boba tea and egg rolls to share. 
Photo via Facebook.com/Pho96

Pho 96

7844 Kingland Drive, West Chester
Pho 96 is a traditional Vietnamese restaurant known for their authentic Vietnamese noodle dishes. Served in bowls fit for a king, this traditional pho will have you stuffed to the brim — you can even get the "giant" order for a mere $2.50 upcharge. Choose from a variety of beef, chicken, pork, seafood and vegetarian options. Garnish your bowl with a generous drizzle of Sriracha or plum sauce and round out the meal with a boba tea and egg rolls to share.
Photo via Facebook.com/Pho96