Marugame is a Japanese town where udon is loved and revered. In LA, it is a restaurant that refines the noodle to an art form. Here, diners are even privy to these large discs of dough being rolled out, stretched, and cut into deliciously chewy strands.
The space is simple, clean, and welcoming, as evident by the groups of friends and families with tots in tow. Everyone appears to be on a mission—to indulge in these savory and slurp-worthy bowls. One fine example is the mushroom udon, which is infused with miso to create a creamy and umami-rich base. There are other items on offer, like the uni and miso "carbonara," but with such wonderful hot and cold udon choices, bonus toppings, and cold Asahi on tap, the noodle clearly deserves to take home the trophy.