123 Ramen

2017/02/23

123 Ramen

One of the drawbacks to dining in Bend is that we lack authentic ethnic food. When I travel I LOVE to go out to eat as much as possible. Japanese food is a big one for us. So I was excited to give 123 Ramen a try in their shop on 2nd street.

I am a huge fan of a good bowl of Ramen and was really hoping to have a big hot bowl of it and put it into my rotation of go to spots. The menu is easy as 1-2-3 (oh man, I’m sure some other dopes used that line in their reviews….my apologies). Pick between 2 broths, pick 2 toppings and then garnish. $12

Here’s my selection to make it easy on you….Beef Broth, Pork, Broccoli, Egg (extra buck). Done.

123 Ramen

I found the Ramen to be OK. It is a very small bowl which explains all the complaints I hear about the price. $12 for a bowl of Ramen is pretty normal. But at other places in other cities you also get a lot more for that $12 such as bigger bowls and more toppings.

1 ) Broth – I found the broth to be very light and lacking salt. It must be a Bend thing as the other Ramen spot has the same issue. Also, its not hot enough temp wise. I want the broth to be crazy hot so when I spend a few minutes stirring up the noodles and mixing in my topping it remains hot. This broth started out warm and turned cold before I finished.

2 ) Toppings – I enjoyed the pork as it was tender and tasty but I’d much rather had it shredded to get some with each bite. The broccoli is good but not worth $2. Maybe with a bigger bowl you’d get more and then I wouldn’t mind the charge so much. The egg is worth the buck and cooked perfectly.

3 ) Garnish – The cup of pickled veggies were a nice clean crunch to add some texture and change of flavor. I liked them in between bites. I chose not to mix in the cold veggies into my already cooling broth.

Bigger…hotter….saltier. Do that and its a damn fine bowl of ramen. But, just like this review, the Ramen was OK.

123 Ramen
http://123ramenbend.com/
1289 NE 2nd St. Bend, OR 97701

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Sidelines Sports Bar

My favorite spot to watch a game is Sidelines Sports Bar. It has everything I look for in a sports bar. Strong drinks, plenty of tap handles, good food for cheap, video poker, and tons of large TVs. It’s loud and the people get into the games.

I wouldn’t take the Wife there for date night BUT we will go there for a pre-funk beverage or a late night drink and some poker. We also hit up Sidelines for breakfast and a bloody before running the errands like Costco or the grocery store. Shopping on a full belly is smart. Shopping after a bloody mary, might end up going home with a 65″ tv. Still makes the day much more enjoyable.

I enjoy breakfast at Sidelines on the regular but one of the lesser known nuggets of gold are their individual hand tossed pizzas. For $7.95 for a basic pepperoni you get a solid pie. They don’t cheap on the cheese or toppings. Sidelines is not my first option when I think about getting a pizza for the fam but for this price and for watching a game, this pizza is damn good.

Sidelines Pizza

 

Sidelines Sports Bar
http://sidelines-bend.com/
1020 NW Wall St
Bend, OR, US 97701
Phone: (541) 385-8898

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