Ready for more ramen?
Opening today is newcomer Buya Ramen, bringing springy noodles and complex broths to 911 Central Ave. in downtown St. Petersburg.
Food critic Laura Reiley reported a few weeks ago that the spot, from restaurant vet Mike Sponaugle, will feature two kinds of broth: "a traditional meaty tonkotsu (a 22-hour process) and a soy-based broth, with toppers like crispy duck and wagyu brisket, and a seafood version with grilled langostinos."
We wrote back in November, when the hyped Ichicoro Ramen opened in Seminole Heights, about Tampa Bay's growing ramen trend. Think of Buya Ramen as a bit more upscale than some of the other local ramen joints, with prices in the $15-$20 range.
Doors open today at 4 p.m.. You can make reservations by calling (727) 202-7010 or at buyaramen.com, but the next couple days are already pretty full. Times correspondent Carlynn Crosby will be at Buya checking out the scene this evening; follow her on our food social accounts (Instagram and Twitter ) for photos and more.
And before you go, here is some required reading — Ramen 101: How to slurp your way through the broth and noodles .