Houston, We Have a New Ramen Restaurant

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Line outside of Austin's Ramen Tatsu-Ya
Rumors that the Austin's Ramen Tatsu-Ya was soon coming to Houston have been spreading in the last few months. And we may be finally able to confirm that there is definitely truth to the rumors as an inside industry source states Ramen Tatsu-ya chefs/owners Tatsu Aikawa and Takuya "Tako" Matsumoto have been negotiating a lease for their first Houston location at 11138 Westheimer at Wilcrest. Google the address and you'll find it was formerly travel agency Japan Budget Travel -- completely apropos as Ramen Tatsu-Ya has been garnering praise from every corner for their authentic ramen, since they opened in a modest strip center in Austin in September of 2012.

A trip to Ramen Tatsu-Ya guarantees you'll wait in line but the lines move quickly and the pay off is ten fold as you hunker down to a bowl of ramen where the broth took 60 hours to perfect.

With the arrival of Ramen Tatsu-Ya to Houston the ramen craze that has quickly taken over Austin will begin to infect Houstonians already craving more ramen.

Oh, but there's more, the source tips us that they also looked at a location near Lucky's pub near the BBVA Compass Stadium where the Dynamo play. Could we be so lucky as to have two locations so not only will we not have to travel outside of Houston but not even outside of the loop? Only time will tell.


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Josh Kellogg
Josh Kellogg

Anybody comparing this to what you buy in the store doesn't have a clue.

Jay Francis
Jay Francis

The thing I love about Ramen is the hype.

Danny Rashid
Danny Rashid

Why would you wait in line to get Ramen when you can get a pack of 12 at the grocery store for two bucks, very bewildering

John S. Whitford
John S. Whitford

Cafe Kubo has ramen on weekends and evenings, but I want it for lunch! Welcome Tatsuya!

Victor Villarreal
Victor Villarreal

I'm glad there will be a ramen place to eat, Im tired of seeing nothing but Pho places in Houston. Ramen for the summer and Pho for the winte!r :)

Nate
Nate

Well, cant be worse then Goro and Guns. Those noodles are terrible.  Soma is pretty good, but they are sure proud of it $$$.

overmatt
overmatt

IMO the quality of their ramen doesn't warrant the crazy line (although it does move fairly briskly), but it's always nice to have options

Josh Kellogg
Josh Kellogg

Please God let this happen. Otherwise I have to go to Hawaii for decent Saimen.

Htown207
Htown207

Meh, Tatsu-Ya ramen is horrible and too salty anyway.  All these 'ramen' shops in Houston need to go to Monta or Daikokuya and take some notes on TASTE and PRICE.

MadMac
MadMac topcommenter

Yay! I been wanting to hit the joint in Austin but never have the time. Thanks, on the tip-side.

shrapnel94
shrapnel94

@Josh Kellogg you are correct! now i'm craving shoyu!

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