A typical college student’s food of choice, ramen can be more than the 10 cent packet you can find at the grocery store. These Springfield restaurants have transformed this stereotypical college dish into a true and authentic dining experience. Did we miss one? Email mrussell@springfieldmo.org and we may add your restaurant to our list.

Kai After Dark

Kai After Dark

Known for their elaborate sushi rolls and cocktails, Kai also is known for their delicious spicy ramen. One of their most well-known ramen dishes include their Shoyu Ramen made with ramen in soy bonito broth with roasted pork, bok choy, bean sprouts and a boiled egg.

Address: 306 S Campbell Ave, Springfield, MO 65806

Website: https://www.kaiafterdark.com/#about

Menu: https://www.kaiafterdark.com/main-dining

Karai Ramen + Handroll

Karai Ramen + Handroll

Ramen any way you want, Karai Ramen has dozens of house varieties to choose from or you can build your own ramen concoction by adding from a variety of add-ons. If you want to go with their signature special, the Karai Ramen is made with house-made tonkatsu bone broth spiked with sweet and savory spice sauce. It contains 11 bold ingredients served with spring onion, and a choice of pork, chicken or tofu.

Address: 640 W Republic Rd #100, Springfield, MO 65807

Website: https://www.karairamen.com/

Menu: https://www.karairamen.com/menu

Golden Girls Rum Club

The Golden Girl Rum Club

Home to tropical and cuban inspired cuisine, Golden Girls is the place for colorful drinks and a specially made bowl of ramen. Their house ramen includes braised pork with fried egg and pork belly (or miso for the vegans out there). Both versions are served with seasonal and pickled veggies.

Address: 137 Park Central Square, Springfield, MO 65806

Website: http://www.thegoldengirl.com/

Menu: http://www.thegoldengirl.com/togo

Izumi Hatake

With over 50+ sushi rolls to choose from, you can add a bit of spice to your lunch with Izumi’s Spicy Ramen Bowl. Patrons can add on cheese, chicken, beef, or shrimp for a little something extra.

Address: 302 E Walnut St, Springfield, MO 65806

Website: https://www.facebook.com/IzumiHatake.springfield/

Menu: https://www.facebook.com/IzumiHatake.springfield/photos/pcb.2892359804189048/2892355174189511/

Skully’s Ramen

Skully’s Ramen

From food truck to storefront, Skully’s Ramen has been serving up ramen bowls and kimchi fries since they took off. A staple menu item includes their pork on pork ramen with smoked pork shoulder, Crispy pork belly, Chili oil on Ramen with assorted fresh and pickled veggies all served in hot broth.

Address: 1427 E Cherry St, Suite A, Springfield, MO 65802

Website: https://www.skullysfoodtruck.com/ 

Menu: https://skullysramen.square.site/menu

OMO Japanese Soul Food

Try a Japanese-style noodle bowl from OMO Japanese Soul Food. Choose your noodle (for this article’s sake, we’d choose ramen), your soup base, toppings that range from beef and pork belly to tofu and vegetarian options. If you gotta have more of a specific topping, OMO offers an add-ons and extras section of the menu.

Address: 2101 W Chesterfield St b102, Springfield, MO 65807

Website: https://www.facebook.com/OMO-Japanese-Soul-Food-1907678472838615/

Menu: https://www.facebook.com/OMO-Japanese-Soul-Food-1907678472838615/photos/pcb.2587035018236287/2587033791569743