2015 welcomed the resurgence of ramen or a “ramen-ssance,” as I like to call it. Not the pathetic, store-bought, paper cup ramen but rather, the traditional, serious ramen shops with great ingredients. Chicago was no exception and I was super excited to crawl into all of the mammoth-sized bowls around town, in an effort to find the 5 Best Chicago Ramen Shops.
- Quality of the ramen noodles
- Depth of flavor in the broth
- Freshness of ingredients
- The ramen stays hot and the noodles stay firm from the first slurp until the last gulp
Here they are in no particular order:
**Click on the restaurant names for more information and directions.
Furious Spoon – Chef Shin Thompson is so passionate about his ramen that he shipped his mammoth-size noodle machine over from Osaka, Japan. He is churning out hundreds of fantastic bowls of ramen a day with noodles that have excellent texture to stand up to the heat of his broth. I love the signature Furious Spoon ramen with pork.