As Fall begins its cold, sinister creep, it's time to start thinking about cold weather food. Thankfully the ramen trend did not slow down over the Summer, and now you have plenty of noodle shops around the country offering steaming bowls to warm you up. And while some of the ramen shops from last Winter's map are still hot, there are a bunch of new offerings as well
While once the ramen trend was relegated to big cities like LA or New York, or smaller hipster enclaves like Portland and Austin, ramen is now all over the place. Take, for example, the Kaiteki Ramen food truck in Oklahoma City, or Tempe, Arizona's Chipotle-esque Umami. As the ramen trend spreads, New York has gotten more creative with ramen styles, including the green curry ramen at Bassanova and Yuji Haraguchi's mazemen-style Yugi Ramen counter at Whole Foods. Others, like Tsujita LA Annex in Los Angeles, are sticking with a more traditional route. And there's an entire restaurant in New Orleans dedicated to serving ramen and pie (as in apple and pecan), called, appropriately, Noodles & Pie.
Below, the Eater National Ramen Heat Map, featuring some of the best ramen shop openings across the United States that have opened over the last twelve months. Don't say your favorite place? Let us know in the comments below. Long lines and long noodles, ahead.