Ramen has always been a difficult dish to offer to-go — the noodles and various components are often very delicate and will sometimes turn to mush after a car ride home steeping in hot broth. However, COVID-19 has left shops without much of a choice but to adapt, coming up with more effective methods of transport for the quintessential Japanese dish. Some places have separated ingredients into a million containers, while other places like Kinboshi Ramen have ordered special ramen to-go boxes. And now that indoor and outdoor dining are back on the table, many shops have returned to their roots, ladling piping-hot soup into bowls to be eaten quickly onsite. All of these shops have figured out a way to nail the intricate dish, whether customers are eating those hot bowls of tonkotsu at a ramen bar or shoyu chintan at their kitchen counter.
The map below focuses on Portland-area ramen available for takeout, delivery, or onsite dining. Per usual, this map is organized geographically, not ranked.
Note: Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here. As usual, this map is organized geographically, not ranked.Read More