Long lines hamper Ramen Attack! block party

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Joy Summers
An exercise in extreme patience: Ramen Attack attracts a few too many fans

As Chef John Ng and Lina Goh were plotting their first Ramen Attack! event, we warned them: If the weather is nice, you'll likely be inundated. There haven't been many ramen events in the Twin Cities, but we've learned from the past two that people will show up in droves for the chance to slurp some of that flavorful broth and silky noodles in the warm afternoon sunshine.

Last Sunday, we headed over to Ramen Attack! at Zen Box Izakaya and stood in line so you didn't have to.

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Joy Summers
This is going to take some time
Before we even set foot inside the gates we were warned that the expected wait for a bowl of savory broth and fresh noodles from Sun Noodles would run in the hour and a half range.  We took note of the lack of line for Surly and sake and decided to push forth with some brews in hand.

Joy Summers
Mu Daiko drummers entertained the crowd
Two prominent ramen chefs had flown in for the event. Chef Shigetoshi Nakamura, considered one of the "Four Ramen Devas" -- gods of the cuisine -- is the author of several cookbooks, has competed with the chef of Ippudo of New York, has been recognized by Ferran Adria of the famed El Bulli, and appeared on Food Network's Chopped

The other celebrity chef was Mihoko Obunai, a Japanese native who was trained at the French Culinary Institute. She's appeared in Bon Appetit and Food & Wine and also competed on Chopped.

Expectations were high, but did we mention the lines? Here's a great Vine that illustrates the length from Laurence Ducker (@LaDucker):

Plenty of time to wait also left plenty of time to Tweet:

Location Info

Zen Box Izakaya

602 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN

Category: Restaurant

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