If 2013 was the year of the cronut, then 2014 just might be the year the ramen burger takes over Boston.
Yes, you can eat ramen with your hands. Turns out it's actually pretty easy when served as the noodle bun for a Korean kim-chi burger, like the kind you'll find at Ki Bistro on the edge of Allston-Brighton.
Ironically, this old college staple has been redefined right here on the edge of BU's campus. In fact, once you find the unassuming cafe, it'll be a little like freshman orientation all over again: choices, choices, choices.
If you go Korean, you can decide between toppings of tangy kimchi or chili paste. Or maybe you go Vietnamese (bahn mi style with pork and pickled veggies), or for a wintry comfort pick of cheese, caramelized onions and bell peppers.
And at the more-than-reasonable $5.50 price tag, you won't have to relive college by going Dutch with your date. That means side orders of fresh BBQ summer rolls and pulled pork sliders on steamed buns, enough food to last a solid few hours of hearing each other's craziest campus stories.
After eating, maybe you'll try to top them.
Price: 1 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Subway: Green Line B Train to Babcock St
Best bets: Kim-chi burger; stuffed burger; Vietnamese BBQ sandwich
Nearby: Brown Sugar Cafe; Kayuga; T's Pub