Ippudo’s history dates back to 1985 in Fukuoka, Japan, where it quickly emerged as one of the most popular Hakata-style tonkotsu ramen destinations in the region. Now, there are more than 60 locations around the world, and the chain has partnered with the same restaurant group behind Panda Express. Berkeley’s Ippudo is easily serving some of the best traditional ramen in the inner East Bay. The chefs make thin, straight noodles fresh in-house and boil pork bones for 20 hours to get an intensely flavored tonkotsu broth. Try the umami-packed Akamaru Modern version with miso paste and garlic oil.

— Janelle Bitker


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