For as long as most people can remember, D.C. has always been the last to hop on food fads that slowly trickle south from the mecca of all foodie trends, New York City.

It’s become a widely accepted fact that the Big Apple is where ingenious food fads are born, and D.C. is where they go to die. If you don’t believe me, here are just a few of the major food fads that have swept through D.C. but were clearly already on the way out: frozen yogurt, fried chicken and waffles, cupcakes, macaroons and, currently, donuts. The arrival of each of these trends in D.C. has essentially been the harbinger of its demise in popularity.

With that said, I am sick and tired of this city being the elephant graveyard of popular food. Why does every other major city get to enjoy these trends while they’re fresh and popular while we get stuck with the leftovers?

Well, to hell with that.

That’s why I say as a city, we should push our food scene to circumvent the other metropolitan hordes in the country when it comes to funneling new culinary fads. D.C. needs to jump on the next big thing that’s just getting its start in foodie popularity in New York City.

Yup, I’m talking about the Ramen Burger.



First reported on by Gothamist yesterday (at least we know it’s still a fresh trend), the Ramen Burger first came to life by renowned noodle master Keizo Shimamoto, who first introduced it to the masses at New York City’s Smorgasburg. The burger is exactly what you think it is: a meat patty sandwiched by two buns made of cooked ramen noodles, which sounds like a hell of a tasty combo with the addition of some Sriracha sauce.

Shimamato wants to open a Ramen Burger restaurant that he hopes will only provide these nifty patties for the first 100 customers. Scott Lynch, photographer for Gothamist, had an opportunity to try the burger as the 41st person in line, and this is how he described it:

As for the Ramen Burger itself, it tastes (and mouth-feels) exactly as you would expect: plain ramen, slightly crunchy but mostly soft and noodle-y, sealed together for hand-holding, but then it all comes apart pleasantly in your mouth, a nifty trick; good burger, cooked medium rare, juicy and rich; “secret sauce” which brings both sweetness and salt to the party.

So D.C., I urge you: Let’s jump on this trend while it’s just starting to pop in New York City. Let’s not get wise to this delicious-looking fad months/a year from now. Let’s seize our moment and make the Ramen Burger happen in the District this month.

Carpe Ramen Burger.