Pit Stop: Slurping Noodles at Futo Buta

No, these aren’t the same Ramen noodles you had in college. Your favorite all-nighter meal got a grown up makeover and you won’t want to miss out. Chef Michael Shortino, formally at Baku in South Park, was inspired to bring the growing ramen scene to South End with his new restaurant concept, Futo Buta. At the corner of Bland St. and South Boulevard you can find a full menu of small plates, ramen bowls and even a rotating soft serve flavor of the day.

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This upscale yet casual ramen house is a welcome addition to South End. Located right off the Light Rail, diners can enjoy their light-filled natural space or overlook the QC skyline on their breezy patio. The menu is simple, making it easy to try everything (trust me, you’ll want to).

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Don’t ask why but we found ourselves craving a ramen bowl right in the middle of this #CLTHeatWave, so we walked from Dilworth to South End to check it out for the first time.

We started off with the Tori Kara Age, or as we referred to it, Japanese Fried Chicken. We agreed that this was one of the best things either of us have ever eaten (but we still love you, Price’s!)

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Next up was his and her ramen bowls.  First up is the Tonkotsu followed by the Miso. We both got the spicy ground pork and agreed that it was worth the $2 upcharge.

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Talk about a meal in a bowl. Each of ours came with noodles crafted in-house, fresh vegetables, pecan smoked pork belly all in a savory broth. Even in the heat, we slurped these up quickly. If it’s this good and this crowded on the hottest day of the year, can you imagine how good it will be on a cold, wet January day? I can’t say I’m looking forward to all that, but definitely looking forward to more ramen.

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