Btw, per the article, if anyone has had Ippudo, this is where the ramen secrets are hailed from (at least according to the article).
“For ramen, most people say Fukuoka is the best,” he said. Two of Japan’s most famous ramen chains, Ichiran and Ippudo, hail from the city." -- NYT article.
Fukuoka is put onto my new list that I just created -- "_Places I want to Visit" list!