Chicago’s 5 Essential Ramen Spots
Get your slurp on
When it’s negative a billion degrees outside, it’s no wonder the whole town has the sudden urge for a steaming hot bowl of noodles. So, without further ado, here are five Chicago spots for belly-warming, sinus-clearing, mood-altering ramen.
Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya: Best for picky eaters
Set to open later this month in Wicker Park, Kizuki will offer made-to-order bowls of goodness. Four different broths and ingredients like Japanese citrus and French sea salt--the decision is your hands. But don’t worry, we have a feeling you can’t go wrong.
1482 N. Milwaukee; no phone yet, kizuki.com
Wasabi: Best for spice chasers
Say “spicy roasted garlic miso ramen” five times. And then order it, because it’s an absolute must.
2115 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 773-227-8180 or wasabichicago.com
High Five Ramen: Best for solo diners
High Five makes no bones about its secret ingredient. Spoiler alert: It’s pork bones, which are cooked for hours to produce a creamy, spicy broth. If you don't want to wait hours to snag one of its 16 seats, you might consider going by yourself. Your ramen will keep you company.
112 S. Green St.; 312-754-0431 or highfiveramen.com
Mitsuwa Marketplace: Best for purists
This spot is credited for having the most authentic ramen west of Japan (at least in Illinois), so traveling 30 minutes outside the city for its pork broth is definitely worth it. The marketplace also serves miso, shoyu, and salt ramen. If we may: Try the shoyu with pork and egg.
100 E. Algonquin Rd. in Arlington Heights; 847-956-6699 or mitsuwa.com
Ramen Takeya: Best for world travelers at heart
The specialty here is chicken paitan ramen, but we’re also hooked on the transporting decor, which is inspired by the neon-lit alleyways of Tokyo.
819 W. Fulton Market; 312-666-7710 or ramentakeya.com