|Ikemen's dip ramen, now in Little Tokyo|
Nearby, San Francisco-import Men Oh Tokushima Ramen opened a compact 29-seat space in Little Tokyo's Honda Plaza last fall. Men Oh's signature style of ramen comes from Tokushima, on the island of Shikoku, which is known for its pig farming, and thus rich pig-flavored broth made with the bones. The bowls are often topped with stir-fried pork belly or raw or poached egg, and you're given rice to soak up the brothy remains after you're done slurping the noodles. There are several locations in Japan and a couple in SF, but this is the first in LA (456 E. 2nd St.; 213-687-8485).
In hipsterville, Silverlake Ramen replaced a pupuseria next to the Thirsty Crow a few months ago. The space is sparse and clean, with a few tables and counter seats, where the skinny-jean set is happy to sit and slurp pretty straightforward tonkatsu ramen and the like. This being Silver Lake, there's a decent veggie option, too (2927 W. Sunset Blvd.).