Madison, Wisconsin is one of the most unique cities in Wisconsin. The preferred method of travel in the city is bicycle. I once asked for directions, and received some only possible on bike, when we told the guy that we were in a car he said he had no idea how to use streets to get there. When I visit, I find a parking garage close to the Capitol building and walk, often times without an exact destination. Meandering in downtown Madison is the best no matter what time of day. On the weekend the streets are full of people, especially at night. On the contrary I was there the other day on a Monday morning and the town was very sleepy, with the exception of the bustling coffee shop we visited.
When wandering around Madison, you might come across Morris Ramen. It’s a blink and you miss it kind of storefront. The sign that was outside the restaurant advertising the ramen, it was made with permanent marker and posterboard. Once you’re inside you’ll be transported to your typical ramen restaurant. Tables full of businessmen line the walls, and a few couples were sitting at the bar. It’s not really a secret that Morris Ramen has the best bowl of ramen you can find in Wisconsin.
Lunch is served Monday through Friday, dinner until 10 on weeknights and they’re open until 11 P.M. on Fridays and Saturdays making it the perfect place to grab a late night bite. They even offer bibs if you have business attire on. Honestly, I thought I would do fine without a bib, the stains on one of my favorite blouses says otherwise, but that’s a price I’m willing to pay for being stubborn and slurping delicious ramen.
The menu offers a few varieties of ramen, and even includes buns and donburi. They have a big drink menu too, including a handful of draft beers, cocktails, sake, shochu and Japanese whiskey. The sake and Japanese whiskey is available in flights, and if we weren’t heading to a beer event later in the night I probably would have gotten a flight of whiskey to try, I was definitely tempted.
AJ ordered the Morris ramen ($13.50 – Ramen with Chasu Pork Belly, Ajitama, and Menma) the soft egg complimented the bowl, and the Chasu pork belly was absolutely delicious.
I myself had the Miso ramen ($12.50 – Ramen with ground pork, corn, moyashi) the combination brought an earthiness to the ramen, and the moyashi brought the perfect crunch. I loved the flavor the ground pork brought to the ramen, it really cut through the earthiness well.
Next time you’re wandering around Madison (if you’ve never done so, I strongly recommend it) you can stop in Morris Ramen at 106 King Street, Madison, WI 53703 or just look for the poster board sign, and you’ll be in for a treat.