By P.C. Staff
The original ramen burger from New York has finally found its way to Los Angeles — with even stranger menu items.
Ramen Burger’s first brick-and-mortar location hosted its soft launch Aug. 1 next to Koreatown bar Lock & Key in Los Angeles, serving up the original ramen burger along with new additions to the family lineup of all things delicious and unexpected. Diners at the bar will be able to order from Ramen Burger, as the two partners will share a kitchen.
Hours for the soft opening are Thursday-Saturday from 5 p.m.-midnight. Ramen Burger’s grand opening is set for Sept. 1. Beginning that date, it will also be open Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 5 p.m.-midnight and Thursday-Saturday from 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
Founder Keizo Shimamoto started the craziness of his much-in-demand burger in New York in 2013, drawing in long lines of hungry eaters testing their fascination with the noodle hybrid. Featuring a noodle bun sandwiching a burger patty, special sauce, green onions and arugula, the ramen burger has grown beyond just a passing food fad and become a burger classic as it expands to the West Coast.
Menu items starting at $8 also will include the spicy La Sriracha Macha specialty ramen burger, a veggie burger and an upcoming salmon ramen burger. This land and sea burger packs both salmon and beef between its ramen noodles.
On the sweeter end, Shimamoto is working on a special dessert ramen burger. Because while it isn’t enough to have one’s noodles outside of a soup bowl, prepare for a Ramen Churro Ice Cream Sandwich. This bizarre and fantastic culinary dish hasn’t made the official menu lineup just yet, but it is up for a taste at the brick-and-mortar’s soft launch.
In addition, one can always take a bite of these items at the upcoming 626 Night Market, which is set for Sept. 12-14 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. And Ramen Burger will also be available at the L.A. County Fair from Aug. 29-Sept. 28 and at University of Southern California home football games at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
Originally published on August 8, 2014