Ramen might have once brought to mind your no-income, sleep-on-a-futon collegiate days.
But now, the Japanese dish has become so socially acceptable, there are how-to-eat slideshows, not to mention high-end hot spots devoted to the delicacy. Here are two restaurants that had us at first slurp.
Little Lilly Sushi This west Fort Worth spot has become a go-to joint for first-rate sushi, but the ramen is increasingly garnering attention too for its unconventional ingredients like beef oxtail, wagyu tongue and pork belly. Chef Jesus Garcia wisely gets his noodles from one of the best-known purveyors--Sun Noodle--and, coupled with a supremely flavorful dashi, they make for some seriously tasty soup. (6100 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth)
Tanoshii Ramen + Bar This three-month-old Deep Ellum venue is already known for the lengthy lines. But it?s worth any wait for chef/owner Lan Chi Le?s lovingly rendered ?street ramen,? cooked with house-made noodles. From the traditional tonkotsu (a pork-based soup) to a curried broth with tempura prawns, everything here is stellar. We also love the near-limitless list of toppings--the soft-boiled egg and miso-grilled corn are our favorites. (2724 Commerce St.)