It’s Ramen Halloween!

The first installment of the National’s new pop-up series is the Japanese-style soup. The next pop-up is in early 2018.

How’s this for spooky? The crew at The National (839 W. National Ave.) are kicking off their new pop-up dinner series tonight, Oct. 30 (6-9:30 p.m.) with noodles. Not so very scary.

The menu features three kinds of ramen ‒ traditional (pork) tonkotsu, golden chicken shoyu ramen, and ginger-lemongrass ramen topped with smoky mushrooms, wasabi pickled carrots, miso corn and coconut cream ($10-$12). The soups are the work of Arielle Yanasak and Andrew Kosmalski. Angela Wierzbinski is heading up appetizers ($4) and desserts ($2-$5).

The National also offers ramen daily on its lunch menu. Offered in-house, the tonkotosu-style soup ($12) has seared pork belly, soft egg, nori and egg noodles and is served with spicy “bomb.”

If you miss this one, keep your eyes peeled for the next pop-up, coming in January 2018, with the theme “traditional Mexican.”



Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.