This week, I got a submission to check out the Nori Ramen and Sushi Bar in Rio Rancho.

If you know me, then you know that ramen is not my favorite food.

However, my buddy convinced me otherwise. He gave me a very passionate monologue (screamed in my face) about Nori’s amazing food which was inspirational as it was loud.

If my buddy is this passionate about Nori’s, then I knew I had to give it a shot.

Let’s be clear, it’s not a “ramen” problem; it’s a “me” problem.

When I was in middle school, I wanted to be cool like everyone else. At the time, the cool kids ate dry ramen with seasoning packets (I’m not joking). I tried it, got sick and ever since then, ramen has been my nemesis.

I am older now, wiser, and stupider…I mean smarter. More importantly, I learned to let go of the past and am enjoying ramen once again.

I ventured out to Nori with my parents and was greeted by some friendly employees. We ordered two appetizers: egg rolls and fried tofu.

The egg rolls were thick, crispy and warm.

My favorite appetizer was the fried tofu — and tofu is another one of my foes, but that story is for a different day.

Anyway, after visiting Nori, fried tofu is what my stomach craves. Nori’s fried tofu was crispy, tender and very flavorful. Combine all that with some sweet and sour sauce, and you got a better pairing than Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray.

It was time to order the entree. I wanted to order ramen. I was pretty set on ordering the Tonkostu Ramen (my buddy recommended it), but then I saw fried sushi and my mind went blank.

I ordered the Fried California Rolls, and I have no regrets.

Crispy, fresh and pure deliciousness. The trio of imitation crab, avocado and cucumber is the best trio since Lebron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. Last basketball reference, I promise.

I was very, very happy with everything, but I did not stop there.

For dessert, I ordered Green Tea Cheesecake. It was earthy, creamy and simple. In fact, I enjoyed it so much, I forgot to snap a picture. Get it together, Danny.

I really enjoyed the food at Nori and will be stopping by very soon to try some of that ramen.

If you want to contact Nori Ramen and Sushi Bar, you can reach them at 505-796-5065.

Nori Ramen and Sushi Bar is open six days a week and closed on Mondays. Tuesday through Thursday they are open from 11 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. On Fridays, they are open from 11 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. And on Saturdays, they are open from noon to 9:30 p.m.

Nori Ramen and Sushi Bar is located at 2003 Southern Blvd. SE #116, Rio Rancho.

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