Ramen. Pho. Udon. A bowl of noodles and broth is an unbeatable way to warm up on a cold winter’s day. Achieve noodle nirvana at these seven metro Detroit restaurants.
Edo Ramen House (Royal Oak)
One of the newest kids on the block, the highly-anticipated Edo Ramen House opened in Royal Oak in late 2017. Owner and chef Eddie Bautista created a slurp-worthy noodle haven, complete with dreamy bowls of ramen, poke, and fries. Although noodles are their proverbial bread and butter, Edo has a fantastic Jalapeno Squid appetizer with plenty of crunch and the right amount of heat.
Noodle Topia (Madison Heights)
Noodle Topia of Madison Heights serves a small, yet flavorful, menu of ramen noodles and side dishes. The beef noodle soup warmed our souls and guaranteed a return visit. We’re not saying that it helps with a hangover, but it just may cure what ails you.
Get down with udon at the Corktown gem, Ima. The Lobster Udon bowl is a must-try with its butter-poached lobster tail, egg, and yuzu broth with notes of lemon. Other Ima favorites include rice bowls and shareable plates.
Pho Lucky (Multiple Locations)
The name says it all. For belly-warming bowls of pho, you can’t go wrong at any of metro Detroit’s Pho Lucky restaurants. Since 2012, the owners of Pho Lucky have built a loyal pho-llowing by staying true to the flavors and techniques of Vietnamese cuisine. If you’re pho-kin’ crazy, attempt to tackle their noodle eating challenge.
Kung Fu Noodle House (Madison Heights)
Madison Heights is killing it! The bright and airy Kung Fu Noodle House is a great place to grab a pair of chopsticks and fill your face with noodles and flavorful broth. If your appetite is causing you fits, Kung Fu’s BBQ Sticks are a popular appetizer to enjoy while you wait for your noodles to arrive. They’re petite in size and extremely cheap, so try a few like beef, shrimp, squid, or lamb.
What the Pho (Livonia)
The potential pho puns are endless, so we’ll keep it short. Livonia’s What the Pho is a cozy restaurant serving mammoth bowls of satisfying rice noodles and broth.
Johnny Noodle King (Detroit)
To fulfill your noodle needs, Johnny Noodle King will do the trick. Grab a table or belly up to the bar, then prepare to load up on your choice of pho or ramen. If you’re sitting at the bar, you can watch the staff prepare the proteins and ladle the broth right in front of your eyes. Unique creations like The Philly transform the traditional cheesesteak sandwich into a bowl of ramen.