Japanese Kitchen Dosunco Has the Best Ramen in Florida

Hi! We’re Candy and Crystal. We’re sisters who grew up as military brats and spent the first half of our lives in Japan. The majority of our family resides in Japan, but we ventured out and have spent the second half of our lives mainly in the United States. We both love traveling and have always documented our travels, so we decided it was time to share our travel experiences with the rest of the world.

I have been wanting to write this post for awhile because it’s my favorite ramen shop in the Tampa Bay area. Actually, Japanese Kitchen Dosunco is probably my favorite ramen shop ever; even compared to some ramen restaurants in Japan. It took me awhile to write about it because every time I go, I eat the ramen right away and I don’t have anything to take pictures of. Finally, after numerous trips, I have calmed myself down and took the time to really take in the food, restaurant and the ambience. 

Dosunco Ramen www.thetravelpockets.com

Dosunco ramen opened in late 2015 and I was so excited to have a ramen restaurant in Tampa. There’s not many authentic Japanese restaurants in Florida, so when I heard of a new restaurant opening mainly focusing on ramen, I was there within a week after it opened.

Dosunco Ramen www.thetravelpockets.com

Dosunco was packed the first month it opened and I don’t think they were prepared for how busy it was going to be. People were lining up to try out the newest ramen shop in town. I waited a good hour or so before I got the ramen on my first visit but I wasn’t irritated as I normally would be because the staff was genuinely apologetic and friendly. It was an all Japanese staff, which is unusual to see in Tampa, so I was very excited to try their food!

Dosunco Ramen www.thetravelpockets.com

The restaurant is a pretty good size for a ramen shop with about 10 tables and a bar near the kitchen with another 10 seats or so. There are pictures on the walls of the chef Photoshopped in famous Japanese paintings which is hilarious. You can tell they have a sense of humor because they also have a chalkboard with fun characters and funny messages every week. They also offer