Slurping It Up: Urban Ramen Brings New Noodles to Woodward Avenue

Melody Baetens/ Detroit News

A rare sight: no line outside of Urban Ramen on Woodward Avenue in Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood.

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Urban Ramen is Detroit’s newest noodle shop. It’s located on Woodward Avenue in the city’s Midtown neighborhood.

WDET’s Ryan Patrick Hooper speaks with Detroit News features reporter Melody Baetens about how Urban Ramen fits into Detroit’s evolving food scene and the lines of people that always seem to be waiting to get in. According to Baetens, Urban Ramen appeals to a lot of people in Detroit because it has an “urban feel.” 

People really, really like Johnny Noodle King and Ima and these noodle places in Corktown, but they’re often packed,” says Baetens. ”You’re eating close to people. It’s warm in there. They’re making the noodles fresh,” she says. 

Image credit: Melody Baetens/ Detroit News

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About the Author

Ryan Patrick Hooper

Host & Producer, CultureShift

Ryan Patrick Hooper has worked as an arts and culture journalist in Detroit for over a decade.

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