Until recently, ramen was hard to come by in this area. The past few years have seen an explosion, with the Japanese noodle soup now available at pop-up restaurants, on late-night menus, in bars, even made to order and brought to one’s door. And there are more restaurants specializing in the dish, which is a good thing. A kitchen that dabbles in ramen is often a kitchen that makes bad ramen.
Although we don’t yet have the selection of ramen joints found in larger cities, we now have choices enough to obsess over. Still, one only needs to be a casual consumer to appreciate a steaming bowl of noodles. With the weather getting colder, ramen season is upon us. Here is where to go. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.