After an initial explosion of ramen shops a few years ago, the second wave of quality is gearing up to make L.A. one of the hottest markets for ramen in the country. Long-standing favorites such as Daikokuya and Santouka have new competition, but there's still plenty of room to grow in this segment. The Little Tokyo favorite even landed on the Westside's new ramen row, Sawtelle. If there's any indication from the recent Ramen Yococho Fest and L.A. debut of the Ramen Burger™, this city might be the single best place in the country to enjoy ramen. But there's a new noodle king in town, and this one spawned from the previous top contender. From dip-ramen tsukemen to pork-infused tonkotsu bowls galore, here's a map of L.A.'s best ramen shops.
Added 9/13: Tsujita ANNEX, Beni Tora, Daikokuya (Sawtelle)