100 Favorite Dishes

100 Favorite Dishes, No. 86: Ramen at Tei An

To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me.

I've consumed and written about the ramen at Tei-An a number of times over the past three years, and while I've slurped elsewhere around town, I've yet to find a better bowl. Chef Teiichi Sakurai's Tonkotsu-style broth has a richness and depth of flavor that's unparalleled in most other soups in Dallas.

What's more is the ramen at Tei-An is constantly evolving. Just last week I got a tip about spring onion ramen, and by the time I arrived the menu offered ramp ramen, and by the time my bowl landed on the table, my waitress told me I'd received the very last one.

Too bad for you.

Don't pout. I'm sure something new will take the ramp ramen's place. After all, Sakurai is preparing to open a ramen restaurant in Oak Cliff. And even if there isn't a special bowl waiting for you, the tonkotsu is good enough to make you come back on its own.

And you should come back. At $10, and served with a little seafood salad sushi, this bowl is one of the best values you can find to fill your lunch hour, and fill your soul. Look at all those suckers eating 7-Eleven sandwiches in the courtyard outside while you burn your tongue with ladled broth, and whiplash your face with the broth from a 1,000 squiggling noodles. Life's too short for thoughtless lunches.

No. 100: Pastrami Egg Rolls at Blind Butcher No. 99: Chicken-fried Steak at Tom's Burgers and Grill No. 98: Pasta with Uni Butter at Nonna No. 97: Camarón en Agua Chile at La Palapas No. 96: The Wings at Lakewood Landing No. 94: Chicken Kebab at Afrah No. 93: Trompo Tacos at Bachman Lake No. 92: Fish and Chips at 20 Feet No. 91: Canelés at Village Baking Co. No. 90: Banh Mi from La Me No. 88: The Burgers at Off-Site Kitchen No. 87: The White Album at Spoon