As the first proper restaurant from Alvin Cailan (of Eggslut fame), Ramen Champ was one of the most anticipated LA restaurant openings last year. He’s since sold the venture to local ramen legend Yoshimasa Kasai, who, as the former Director of the Ramen Yokocho Festival, knows a thing or two about broth. Cailan has stayed on as a consultant so while the menu is simplified and the recipes have been tweaked, the arty sneakerhead vibe and the wall art are firmly intact. Veggies, take note: The vegan and vegetarian ramens are excellent.

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