With dining options all around, students are hard-pressed to know which restaurants to skip and which ones are worthwhile. Without question, one solid option lies in the heart of the Highlands neighborhood, home to the popular restaurant Uncle.
The ramen at Uncle is not the kind found in the grocery aisle most students are used to feasting on for 25 cents a pack. Rather, Uncle is a well-appointed, cozy space that has been offering Asian-style cuisine since the restaurant opened almost four years ago —and business has been booming ever since.
“Some nights get pretty busy and you have to be at the door to get your name on the list,” August Poehls, the manager of Uncle, said. “We’ll text you when your table’s ready, you pop in, and we’ll have a seat waiting for you.”
Since it’s usually a long wait for exquisite food at most popular restaurants, Uncle will never disappoint once the anticipation is over. The menu is short but sweet and savory, off ring a handful of appetizers and entrees, and heaping bowls of ramen packed with flavors that will excite every taste bud.
When asked about the menu, Poehls shared some of his favorite items. “I like the duck ramen and the pork belly buns,” he said. “The staples, like the spicy chicken, are what people come for, but I think the deep tracks, like lamb massaman, are the dishes people should be trying more often.”
And, unlike seeing a crazy uncle during the holidays, they will be encounters to look forward to again and again.