Whoever's behind Poke N Roll, that Chipotle-style poké shop in Glendale, knows how to make some crave-able food. Enter R101, a sleek new ramen bar in the same strip mall along Central Ave just a few steps from the Americana at Brand, which opened earlier this month. There's two main broth options: pork-based tonkotsu, and a white shoyu yuzu. Three toppings include bulgogi, chicken, and pork (obviously, they're not beholden to any strict style of Japanese ramen).
Toppings might include corn, boiled egg, bean sprouts, American cheese (!), fish cakes, kimchi, and fresh garlic, among others. A bowl starts at $9.75 for the tonkotsu, and $10.25 for the white shoyu yuzu, but all the subsequent toppings are included (so load up!). In that sense, it resembles the likes of Blaze Pizza a little bit, whereupon diners can fill up their pizzas with as many toppings as they want. If you want something else on the side, R101 offers chicken karaage and gyoza, which are standard issue ramen sidekicks.
So far the initial response has been fairly positive, though remember that someone who's might be looking a purist bowl won't find it here. Hours run 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., then 5:30 to 9 p.m. on weekdays, and until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
415 S. Central Ave
Glendale, CA 91204