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28 essential ramen and pho spots in San Antonio to get your noodle fix 

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If slurping up savory broth and hot noods is your jam, San Antonio has no shortage of ramen and pho shops doling out comforting goodness. These delicious eateries have extensive menus that offer a little something for everyone, from diners craving umami-laden tonkatsu ramen to those seeking pho brightened up by the addition of fresh herbs. 
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Noodle Tree
7114 UTSA Boulevard, Suite 101, (210) 233-6371,
There are no frills at Noodle Tree, but chef Mike Nguyen’s training and dedicated staff aim to deliver food experiences to sate all your noodly cravings. Pro tip: if there’s pork belly bao available, order it. Trust us on this.
Photo via Instagram noodletreetx
Viet-Nam Restaurant
3244 Broadway, (210) 822-7461
A longtime go-to for Asian fare, this Broadway spot gives you two meaty options and another if you’re feeling like going the seafood route. Each topped with basil, bean sprouts, cilantro, jalapeños and lime, these bowls are super affordable at all under $10.
Photo via Instagram / christiangtorres
152 East Pecan Street #102, (210) 444-0702,
Though there are plenty of other options on the menu, you’ll want to order the ramen at Kimura — we like the tonkotsu. Adapt it to your liking, and top it off with the house spice, which is sure to change your life.
Photo via Instagram / notorioushuyig
Koi Kawa Japanese Restaurant
4051 Broadway, (210) 805-8111,
Pork-lovers will want to stop by for the pork-based broth and spice it up with sriracha. Though the bowl is plenty filling, be sure to order some apps like the crispy gyoza or the simple vegetable tempura.
Photo via Instagram / archivist_ang
Lucky Noodle
8525 Blanco Road, (210) 267-9717
An offshoot of Kungfu Noodle, Lucky Noodle's noodles are hand-pulled, meaning they’re made especially for you, and you can choose whether you want them thin, flat, or Fettuccine-style. Be sure to customize your bowl with your favorite protein – and you better order the brisket at some point. (This is Texas, after all.)
Photo via Instagram / lovebriecheese
Kuriya at Cherrity Bar
302 Montana St., (210) 598-0496,
The vibe at Kuriya — located at Downtown’s Cherrity Bar — is casual and easy, which is the perfect kind of atmosphere for enjoying the complex flavors of any of Kuriya’s ramen dishes.
Photo via Instagram / kuriyasatx
Kungfu Noodle
6733 Bandera Road, (210) 451-5586
Whenever you’re in Leon Valley, do yourself a favor and stop by Kungfu. You’ll be able to choose what kind of girth you want your noodle to have, as well as your protein, spice level and all the other yumminess inside. If you’re feeling adventurous, opt for the sweet potato noodle soup with beef.
Photo via Instagram / yaaaash.tx
Ito Ramen
14395 Blanco Road, (210) 843-4230,
Priding itself in serving up authentic AF bowls, Ito Ramen gives you plenty of options: regular or spicy, pork or seafood, veggie or not. However you customize your bowl, it will definitely be tasty and completely satisfying.
Photo via Instagram / leiaquintos
Nama Ramen
6526 Babcock Road, (210) 641-2888,
Nama lets your choose from four different base broths – shoyu, tonkotsu, miso or spicy miso. Once you make that hard decision, you can have fun and make different combinations with add-ons like roasted corn, hot oil, woodear mushroom, bamboo shoots and more depending on what already comes in your bowl.
Photo via Instagram / nama_ramen
Pho Ha Long Restaurant
6424 Northwest Loop 410 #104, (210) 521-4507,
This casual strip-mall eatery gives you exactly what you’re looking for. With nearly 25 pho options (even a kid version!), the long list of noodle options lets everyone in your party find the pho for them.
Photo via Instagram / whiskandrye
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Tenko Ramen
312 Pearl Parkway Bldg 6, #6112, (210) 267-2996,
Head over to the Pearl's food hall and grab a bowl of Tenko ramen, with its savory, soulful broths and fun add-ons such as Narutomaki — a Japanese cured fish surimi — and Japanese pork belly.
Photo via Instagram / em.huber
Hot Joy
1014 S. Alamo St., (210) 368-9324,
Cozy up with a bowl of noods, nationally-lauded crab fat caramel wings and some sweet deals at Hot Joy, where they find HH so nice, they do it twice. Snag select $5 cocktails from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. AND 10 p.m. to midnight, seven days a week.
Photo via Instagram / hotjoysa
Niki’s Tokyo Inn
819 West Hildebrand Avenue, (210) 736-5471
With the Japanese aesthetic checking all the boxes for super authentic dining experience, Niki’s also delivers for tasty noodles. Though specializing in sushi, this Hildebrand restaurant serves up ramen that consistently hits the spot.
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Berni Vietnamese Restaurant
8742 Wurzbach Road, (210) 485-5982,
Trust this strip-mall Vietnamese eatery to come through when you’re craving pho. With 15 variations of the noodley goodness (including a tofu veggie option), you’re bound to find a bowl or two that you’ll love.
Photo via Instagram / anniespetitetreats
Pho Thien An
126 W Rector #108, (210) 348-8526
You know you can expect a solid bowl of pho when the first note under the menu is the spiciness scale. With meaty and veggie options alike to accompany the beef noodle broth, you’ll always want to opt for the large bowl.
Photo via Instagram / natasha_saree
2535 Northwest Loop 410,
Though specializing in sushi, Kai has super respectable ramen offerings and a variety at that. From shachu to tonkatsu to seafood, there’s a ramen for everyone here.
Photo via Instagram / girlmeetsmaterialworld
Manola's Thai & Vietnamese Cuisine
7212 Blanco Road, (210) 348-9071
No matter what direction you come from on Blanco Road, Manola’s offers the more traditional pho ga as well as the pho that adds your choice of meatball, round eye steak, or brisket. And because this is a Thai place, be sure to save room for the pineapple fried rice.
Photo via Instagram / foodonmymind247
Pho Kim Long
4230 McCullough Avenue #2, (210) 829-8021
Served with basil, bean sprouts, lime and jalapeños, you’ll have to make the hard decision between 14 different types of pho. With vegetarian options and a variety of meaty options, you’ll find whatever type of pho you’re craving here.
Photo via Yelp / Heather R.
Pacific Moon
15140 San Pedro Avenue, (210) 402-3411,
This late-night eatery will hit the spot when you’re on the hunt for booze-filled nights. Flavorful and with a kick of spiciness, Pacific Moon is here for when your antojo strikes.
Photo via Instagram / spqr194
Vietnam Gardens
5433 Blanco Road, (210) 377-1989,
Serving up a variety of Asian cuisines (Vietnamese, Thai and Chinese), this BYOB spot keeps it simple with just one pho option. There’s still a variety of protein options, but know that you can make up for it with a Thai tea or some dumplings.
Photo via Instagram / vietnam_gardens
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Viva Pho
2114 NW Military Hwy, (210) 525-8388,
Over in Castle Hills, you should definitely hit up Viva Pho when hunger strikes and all you want is some pho. Honestly, you’ll either become a regular or never come back, but this place is worth trying. If you do, you’ll get to find your favorite bowl with different noodle, broth and protein options.
Photo via Instagram / melglz81
Ginza Ramen and Poke
Multiple Locations
Ginza is the place to go for ramen and poke. Though each bowl comes with a handful of standard ingredients, make it to your liking with your protein and broth of choice and have fun with add-ons like shrimp tempura or an extra egg.
Photo via Instagram / rrubio37
Wild Goji
7115 Blanco Road #110, (210) 277-0638,
Choices abound at Wild Goji: miso or tonkotsu broth, mild or spicy, pork or vegetable — to name a few. For a warm bowl of umami-filled goodness, this is the ticket.
Photo via Instagram / benitofranco
Hero’s Ramen X Sushi
13444 West Ave #200, (210) 481- 4950,
Delicious. Quick. Affordable. If you’re in the market for a new ramen spot, Hero’s may be end up being your new go-to. Oh, and if kimchi is your jam, look no further.
Photo via Instagram / herosramenxsushi
Bakudan Ramen
17619 La Cantera Pkwy #208, (210) 257-8080,
Is there a more perfect marriage out there for SA noodle lovers than pozole and ramen? We think not. Try it at Bakudan.
Photo via Instagram / bakudanramen
Suck It The Restaurant
7220 Louis Pasteur Dr. #102, (210) 560-2113,
48 hour pork bone broth and braised pork belly? Sign us up. While Suck It is known for their bubble teas, the ramen is just as famous.
Photo via Instagram / luisas_munchtime
5638 W Hausman Rd., (210) 314-4423,
Known for its stylish decor, affordability and larger-than-life portions, Sapporo is a sushi-con-ramen spot that has it all.
Photo via Instagram / marisols7
Pho 4 Star
156 S. TX- 46 #200, (210) 632-5389,
This unassuming Northeast SA joint offers uber-fresh pho that’s piping hot and served with all of the fixins. Try the Vietnamese spring rolls while you’re at it.
Photo by Nina Rangel
Noodle Tree
7114 UTSA Boulevard, Suite 101, (210) 233-6371,
There are no frills at Noodle Tree, but chef Mike Nguyen’s training and dedicated staff aim to deliver food experiences to sate all your noodly cravings. Pro tip: if there’s pork belly bao available, order it. Trust us on this.
Photo via Instagram noodletreetx

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