We’re starting to get some actual Ramen in Glendale.
You wouldn’t expect to find R 101 here in the corner of Glendale. And despite what Eater LA says, it’s more than a few steps from the Americana Center. In this heat, if I want to walk to and fro form the Americana Center…I am so driving.
“In this heat”…does kinda beg the question: why am I getting Ramen on a day like today?
What can I say? I loves me some Ramen. It makes the world go ‘round. It makes me happy.
And this place? Gonna make me happy.
Look, Eater LA was right about one thing, you wouldn’t expect a really, really nice looking and well put together Ramen place here in what’s otherwise a tiny little strip mall in this corner of Glendale.
But who’s complaining? I’ve got Ramen, and I don’t have to leave my neighborhood to get it. Whoo-HOOO!!
Now, it must’ve taken done like three laps around the place to secure a parking spot. Fortunately, I think R 101’s neighbors deal with more turn and burn business, so I hope…
…as in jumping up and down, throwing salt over my right shoulder hope…that parking isn’t an impediment for future R 101 runs.
And like I said, I have a feeling there might be future R 101 runs.
Look, I’m sitting here. I haven’t had a bite yet, but I have a good feel about a place that looks this good, with all the rich dark wood furnishings, with all the room, and space. I gotta give R 101 credit for layout if nothing else. This place is ready for customers. You can sit toward the edge of the wall or windows, to slurp your noodles.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: I got R 101’s Tonkotsu Ramen, with corn added to it? Why do I always seem to add corn to my Ramen? Is it a deep-seated wish to be born in Hokkaido, Northern Japan? Maybe. Or maybe I’m your typical American who likes corn in nearly anything. (Plus, it cools the broth). What I had was as good as any in the City. Just a smooth Tonkotsu (Pork Bone) broth. They’re not doing anything revolutionary here. Just serving good Ramen.
They also served up a Pickled Cabbage treat to help with the appetite (their words) on the house. Just having pickled anything helps break things up when you have something rich and savory like Ramen broth, noodles of hunks of Pork.
And since I’ve been trying Fried Chicken Karaage everywhere I went, I got it here too. Perfectly fried, and perfectly tender and juicy inside. The one twist they served up was the dish was served with a Lime wedge. A little squirt of lime makes sense, and gave the whole affair and different knock.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Nothing too strenuous here. I will say that the restaurant is a bit tough to see from the street, given that it’s at the back of an L-shaped complex . It’s not impossible, just keep an eagle eye out.
Everything else is parking related.
Did I mention the three laps I took to get into this place?
The Retail Complex which R 101 is a part of has maybe a dozen spaces, tops. Now, most of the businesses it shares the complex with are reasonably turn and burn, so spaces should open up frequently. But R 101 also owns, from what I can tell, the Poke Bar two or three doors down, now that place will take in the same sort of customers as R 101, folks who’ll be eating and might take a while.
Long story short, parking here is hard. I’m not even sure street parking is an alternative.
415 S. Central Ave.
Glendale, CA 91204
Tel: (818) 241-2400
Daily: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm