For my last Around Austin, I felt it only right to save my FAVORITE restaurant in Austin for last -- Ramen Tatsu-Ya. A small, intimate, warm ramen shop in North Austin, where I'm on friendly terms with most of the staff (& they recognize me and talk about more than what I'm ordering because I've been there so much), have a Usual Order, and always leave with a full stomach and a smile on my face.
The menu is limited, but literally everything I've ever had is absolutely delicious. And more than worth the wait to get in. Did you see the line in the above photograph?! I think the longest I've ever waited for a bowl of ramen was an hour and even the friends I was with, who had never been before, agreed that it was worth how long we had to stand in line. Tatsu-Ya is open for lunch and dinner service, they offer gluten free options, and have a vegetarian/vegan friendly bowl on Sunday nights during dinner service. You can customize your bowl pretty much however you want, omitting different ingredients and adding others.
Tatsu-Ya also features a good sized drink menu, and each drink is shown on this staircase display with the price, name, and description on a white card, and there are various types of Japanese candies available closer to the cashier. I usually stick to the Oolong Tea when I go, but I have tried the UCC coffee with milk and the Calpico on the end.
This is my usual: the Tonkatsu Sho-Yu (number two on the board) without scallions and an extra ajitama egg. Now, I can't stand eggs. Somewhere a couple years ago I went from really enjoying them (scrambled, sunnyside up, hard-boiled, etc) to not being able to stand the taste or the texture. But these eggs? I can't get enough of them. And they taste extra delicious with everything else all in one bite.
Nezumi, one of my best friends and who I went with for my last bowl before I leave Austin for four months, and I have a tradition of Instagramming every time we go together. To show you all how much I've been, (and honestly I feel like this isn't even all of the times because there are instances when I forget to get my phone out and snap a photo) I thought I would share all of the photographs we've posted from Tatsu-Ya: