In This Corner: Republic Ramen
The Setup:As we mentioned before, Republic Ramen is a chic ASU area joint with dark wood tables and 90 degree angles everywhere. It's clean and hip and they even serve boba tea (which is not technically a Japanese thing). If you're looking for a sterile ramen environment, you've found the place.
The Good: We decided to go for tonkotsu ramen, adding an egg for $1 (which we didn't feel was right since ramen pretty much always comes with an egg, but whatever). The good part is it comes with all of the right stuff, the bad part is it's poorly executed.
The Bad: Republic offers two types of veggie toppings: traditional (with the seaweed and kamaboko) or original (with carrots and other scaredy cat options)--that should be the first warning. If you're looking for authentic, this probably isn't your place. However, it is good for trying to convince finicky eaters to try new things without scaring them away. Unfortunately, that's not quite us and we were not impressed by their bland tonkotsu broth, no matter how heavy-handed they were with the seaweed and we were with the Sriracha.