Where to Eat Ramen in Atlanta : NEXTO Wednesday 08 March, 2017
I love Asian food, so many options and varieties but lately I have been looking for a good Ramen spot. Found a cool spot called NEXTO, Located in a funky and industrial corrugated metal shed, surrounded by a bamboo hedge, NEXTO offers ramen, hot and cold plates and robatayaki courtesy of Chef Mihoko Obunai. The small focused wine program features refreshing, fun and balanced wines from classic and adventurous producers, regions and grape varieties. Japanese inspired cocktails, sakes, shochu and craft beers are offered.
So the cool thing about this place is that it is kinda of in a secret location. It in what looks like an old warehouse that has been renovated into this hipster Ramen spot. I almost kept driving past this spot until I seen this glowing red transformer-like logo. I then discovered this was the Nexto logo. It glows and shines on the spot like the Batman bat signal! This was a first for me. So no NEXTO sign, you are signaled with this as your invitation to the place. Kudos for creativity and thinking outside the box. I’m not sure how this looks in the daytime but at night, this looks awesome!
When you walk inside it as very chill, modern hipster like vibe, but with lots of Japenese motifs. It is a beautiful blend of Japenese culture blended with a cool American flare. Very trendy even playing modern eclectic music as you dine. I loved it.
I would like to give a special highlight to Chef Mihoko Obunai. She came directly to my table to introduce herself and her services to me which I thought was really nice. Chef Obunai has been an integral part of the Atlanta and national culinary scene for quite some time. In 2010 she was selected as a StarChef “Rising Star Chef” and later competed on the Food Network’s “Chopped”. Wow! Thanks for bringing authentic ramen to Atlanta with a little modern hipster twist. Great vibes!
So what’s up with this logo? Well it is the top of the NEXTO asian-inspired scripted text. It makes the logo comes to life, like the head. So again more innovative touches to this very cool spot.
828 RALPH MCGILL BLVD. NE
ATLANTA, GEORGIA 30306
LUNCH:: TU–FR: 11:30AM-2PM, SA: 11:30AM-4:30PM
DINNER:: MO–TH: 5:30–10PM, FR-SA: 5:30PM-MID