Life is full of tough choices, but if you’re ever craving ramen and a hamburger at the same time, that is one agonizing choice you will never have to make again.
The original Ramen Burger, a local food festival favorite, has now found a permanent home in Koreatown at 239 S. Vermont Ave. It soft-opened in August and will be opening fulltime on September 2, with a grand opening event on Saturday, September 5 from 6-9 p.m. While the specialty burger is already being served in several locations in New York, this is the first brick-and-mortar on the west coast, with another one planned in Hawaii.
The hole-in-the-wall eatery has a walk-up window on Vermont Avenue and is attached to the popular speakeasy Lock and Key. While it does not have seats, thirsty and hungry patrons can order a Ramen Burger inside Lock and Key while sipping on one of their specialty cocktails.
“Koreatown has been very welcoming,” said Jeff Shimamoto, a lawyer who is co-owner of the new eatery. “There’s so much going on here, for example with Roy Choi’s restaurants at The Line Hotel, Beer Belly, and EMC… and we are so excited to be here.”
Ramen Burger was created in New York by Shimamoto’s younger brother and other owner, the ever-innovative ramen connoisseur Keizo Shimamoto. According to his website ramenburger.com, Keizo Shimamoto spent four years studying ramen in Japan before coming up with his unique ramen burger recipe.
The patty is made with Certified Angus Beef Steakburger from Burger Maker, and the bun is handmade with fresh ramen noodles that crumble in your mouth, not in your hands. Rounding out the noodle, meaty goodness is a top-secret shoyu sauce, with optional additions such as cheese, fried egg, and bacon.
Hours are Tuesday–Thursday from 5 p.m. to 12 a.., Friday-Saturday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.
So for your next big noodle and meat craving, don’t fret – you can chomp on an original Ramen Burger while you noodle on the other big decisions in your life.