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Kitakata Ramen Ban Nai Landing in Costa Mesa

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Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

Two years ago, the Ramen Yokocho festival in Torrance debuted one of the most highly regarded ramen chains in Japan, Kitakata Ramen Ban Nai, which has been operating for more than 30 years and controls 57 outlets across the East Asian nation. Today, news that the lauded ramen-ya is opening a location in Costa Mesa in June at the former Kohryu spot. Company operatives also hinted at a expansion to Los Angeles as well in the near future, though no address has been targeted.

The two-day popup at the Ramen Fest caused diners to wait for hours in the beating hot sun. This particular ramen shop is notable for their flat, wide, and curly noodles swimming in an intense clear broth made from pork bones. Also, "toro" chashu that melt in the mouth. Might this be the one ramen to finally topple Tsujita's dominance in L.A.?
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Kitakata Ramen Ban Nai

891 Baker St., STE B21, Costa Mesa 92626