Kikosoba Gen

Great soba requires three things: 1) freshly ground buckwheat flour turned into 2) freshly cut noodles that are 3) served right after they’re cooked. Gen’s Nagahama shop uses 100% pure…

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Minematsu Honke

Of course, we all know Fukuoka is a ramen paradise, but have you ever heard of donmen? Donmen is the brainchild of Mineya, a…

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Umeyama Teppei Shokudo

Umeyama Teppei Shokudo opened near Tenjin with the aim of providing delicious, locally sourced meals. The menu changes daily since 20 different kinds of fresh fish are procured every morning. Mainstays include…

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Gouya

First opened in Terazuka in 1995, Gouya offers up Chinese noodles in an original veggie-filled Japanese soup, the stock of which is carefully crafted from dried bonito flakes, dried mackerel flakes, dried sardines, konbu (kelp) and shiitake mushrooms. The subtle flavor blends well with the stellar…

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Wagokoro Tonkatsu Anzu

Tonkatsu, or breaded fried pork chops, are often sliced and served over shredded cabbage with Worcestershire sauce or can be found on a bed of rice (katsudon), inside a sandwich or on a plate of curry. The mission of Washin Tonkatsu Anzu is to make…

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Shifuku

Located amongst the warehouses near Fukuoka Airport, this ramen shop is not easy to find but is well worth the effort. Owner Yoshinobu Sakimukai is from Kagoshima where ramen is often made with a blend of pork and chicken soup. But at Shifuku, only…

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Bunryu

If you know ramen, then you know some of the best places, like Bunryu, are found in the warehouse districts. Instead of a snazzy decor, Bunryu focuses on getting the food right: from the handmade pork broth (made from Japanese pork bones) and noodles made on the premises, to the braised pork and boiled eggs. The super thin noodles pair perfectly with…

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Aji no Masafuku

If you’re looking for a taste of local cuisine when you visit Fukuoka, look no further than Aji no Masafuku. Formerly a ramen shop, Aji no Masafuku switched to teishoku (set meals) in 1976 when it moved into the newly opened Tenjin Core. Later, it opened a second shop that it eventually moved to ACROS Fukuoka. Fresh fish is the centerpiece of…

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Kawaya

Fukuoka is the birthplace of many beloved soul foods, from ramen to motsunabe, but even die-hard locals may not realize that our yakitori is uniquely Fukuokan. What seems normal here, like…

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Udon Wasuke

Fukuoka’s claim to be the birthplace of Japanese udon noodles is subject to debate, but when it comes to goboten udon (udon noodles with burdock tempura), there’s no question: Fukuoka did it first, and still does it best. Udon Wasuke is a particularly popular place to try this local favorite…

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