CONTRIBUTED BY TRISH KAPRIELIAN
What do steak lovers, vegetarians and ramen lovers all have in common? They can all eat at Stripe ramen! It’s a new ramen shop on 58 by Lester. When I entered the store, it was clean, bright and had rap/R&B playing on the radio. You order through a vending machine, but it has pictures, an English translation next to the vending machine, and one of the employees helped us.
They have four types of ramen: steak, vegetarian (tomato), spicy vegetarian and soy broth. I went with their specialty, soy, and my husband got the steak. Both were quite tasty and I don’t think I’ve ever seen steak in ramen before! The sets sell for around 1,300 yen and include a very small side, ramen and a drink.
Once we got to the table, I looked through the menu and saw they offer more sides and steak with rice. Also, it looks like if you order the vegetarian ramen, you can get risotto instead of noodles! Ok, ok, ok…so how was the taste? VERY good! The steak was cooked to order and the gyoza was fresh. I enjoyed my soy broth and the steak ramen, too. We plan to go back to try the tomato-based ramen as well. I almost want to go back and just order the sides since those sound so good. Words can’t express how much we enjoyed stripe ramen!
The owners said they’re from Tokyo and wanted to bring Tokyo ramen to the area. They’re closed Monday, but are open for lunch and dinner on the other days of the week.
Hours: Sunday, Tuesday-Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Lunch) & 6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. (Dinner – last order at 10:00 p.m.) Friday-Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Lunch) & 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. (Dinner – last order at 10:30 p.m.) Closed Monday.
Payment: Yen only
Directions: Make a right out the main gate of Lester. It’s between the Family Mart and McDonald’s on the right hand side of the road.