Photo by Chuck Cook

JINYA Ramen Bar

The first location of JINYA Ramen Bar in Houston, this sleek and sophisticated noodle bar is one of the franchise locations that evolved from Robata Jinya, which started in Tokyo. It’s no surprise the restaurant has its ramen down to a science, with milky-white, porky tonkotsu broth that seems to take over every taste bud and noodles that are the perfect firmness every time. Servers are more than capable of guiding diners to a good beverage choice, whether it be craft beer or dry sake. An order of gyoza, pan-seared until a deep amber crust forms, is a splendid starter and an order of green tea mochi is a fine conclusion.