No matter the time of year, in Asheville, NC, you can stay warm and nourished with delicious ramen and noodle bowls. Some say it’s happiness in a bowl; others call it Japanese soul food, but regardless, there’s no denying that ramen is comfort food at its best. In Asheville, there are a variety of restaurants that serve traditional Asian cuisine, including ramen, soba, udon, pho, and more. Asheville chefs spice things up with an Appalachian twist by using local, seasonal and fresh ingredients. Most ramen and noodle shops also offer gluten-sensitive and vegetarian options. Aside from the delicious food, you can also enjoy some saké or bubble tea with your meal. (Feature Photo: Futo Buta)
Ghan Shan West
This relaxed neighborhood eatery serves a diverse array of noodle dishes, along with weekly, varying specials. Their seasonal menu features dumplings, ramen, fresh veggies, kimchi and more to be enjoyed indoors or on their back patio. Mon-Sat, 4-9 PM. 285 Haywood Rd
This casual and cozy bistro serves sushi, stir-fries, dumplings, soups and other Japanese fare with an organic, non-GMO focus. Vegan and gluten-free options available. Enjoy the outdoor patio! 87 N Lexington Ave.
Ben's Tune Up
Another local’s favorite, this sake brewery is located in a converted auto shop with an Asian fusion restaurant and beer garden. They serve food until 2 am and have live music a few nights a week. 195 Hilliard Ave
Itto Ramen Bar & Tapas
Located in West Asheville, Itto Ramen Bar & Tapas features eight signature ramen bowls and multiple tapas, including poké bowls, gyoza, and tempura sweet potato. Find a great selection of sakes, plus many local brews. 630 Haywood Rd
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