’Tis the season of rushing from one heated building to the next, of keeping our heads down and our minds trained on spring. And while it’s never easy to endure another installment of cold-weather blues, there’s a silver lining, one involving slow-simmered, slurpable, noodle-rich ramen — shining, gelatinous examples of which Chicago has in spades. Check out our faves and let them carry you through until balmy weather arrives.
Not everyone loves this hopping River North spot from Lettuce Entertain You, but the ramen (including both modern takes and traditional flavors) is solid. Grab a stool at a high table, order a frosted mug of Asahi and dig into the fried chicken and kimchi ramen, served (improbably) with buttered corn and fried garlic. Sounds strange? Trust us.
Ramen San is at 59 W. Hubbard Street.