Yes! It’s true! Key West has a noodle bar – but it’s easy to miss. The little slice on Southard Street (just across from The Café) quietly opened in January 2012, and it seats just a handful of people at the bar and upstairs area. Locals rejoiced at the idea of having ramen and pho on the island, and while the menu selection is equally as small as the venue itself – the portions are not.
Kojin has a trendy, yet unobtrusive vibe that can be described as a New York-style eatery with a Japanese-Florida fusion menu.
Noodle Nirvana at Kojin — Photo courtesy of Kojin Noodle BarBeer is available on tap and in bottles – like Sapporo and Magic Hat #9 as well as sake. Start off with doughy, delicious, steamed pork belly or tofu buns that are served with pickled cucumber and scallions before moving on to beef tenderloin pho with basil and sprouts. Or, opt for the dragon bowl, a combination of rice noodles, chicken, ginger, cilantro, and cabbage.
Rounding out the rest of the dining options are soft-shelled crab tempura, house ramen, and curried lamb. With entrées ranging from $15 to $25 it may be a bit on the pricey side for lunch, but regardless the quality of the cuisine is worth the price tag.
Be aware that for now, it is cash-only but they do deliver and also offer take-out. For the late night crows craving noodles: they are open until midnight.Kojin's Tiny Dining Area — Photo courtesy of Amber Nolan