Osaka Ramen wins food bracket

Osaka Ramen’s most popular ramen dish is the tonkotsu with traditional pork broth. (Provided by Osaka Ramen)

After six weeks of blood, sweat, and miso ramen so spicy it could bring tears to your eyes, we have finally crowned a winner in The Denver Post’s annual food bracket challenge. This year, we pitted 32 of the best ramen purveyors against one another and, as always, we threw it open to readers to decide on a favorite.

In the end, 9-year-old Osaka Ramen prevailed against 1-year-old Neko Ramen & Rice in the finals of our March ramen madness with 77% of the votes.

The winners of The Denver Post ramen bracket. (Brooke Eberle, The Denver Post)

“I don’t eat a lot of ramen, since I’m around it so often, but the last ramen shop I tried was Neko, and I had a pretty great meal there,” Osaka Ramen owner Jeff Osaka said. “I was sad to see them lose, but I’m very humbled and honored at the same time. We were put up against some stiff competition.”

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