With a history that includes both Chinese and Japanese cultures, ramen has made its way into the landscape of American dining. Made with fresh noodles and a flavorful broth, ramen is traditionally served with slices of pork and scallions. Today, there is an incredible array of ramen variations with ingredients that include everything from sweet corn to barbecue chicken. Here are a few spots offering the best ramen in Chicago:
Tucked away in Lincoln Park, Kameya is a local hotspot for both Korean and Japanese cuisine. Kameya’s chalkboard menu has a wide variety to choose from, including appetizers and freshly made sushi rolls. The ramen, however, is a must-try item and includes the popular house specialty Kameya Ramen. This tasty meal includes freshly sliced BBQ pork belly.
Open since 2010, Wasabi is a hidden gem in Lincoln Square. Creative and traditional Japanese fare make this modern-style eatery a must visit. The savory broth is slow-cooked over a period of days to create savory offerings such as the Spicy Roasted Garlic Miso featuring garlic chips and chili threads.
For those looking for a different take on ramen, Oiistar is the perfect spot to explore new flavor combinations. Inspired by both French and Italian cooking, this Bucktown eatery delivers offbeat ramen dishes with a flair. A streamlined decor with contemporary finishes sets the tone for this out-of-the-box ramen spot while the menu continues that theme with items such as the Musclemen made with mussels and onions.
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