Though it's supposed to be spring, Chicagoans are still going through some chilly days.
When it's cold outside, a great way to warm up is by eating a hot bowl of delicious ramen. Luckily, in Chicago, there are plenty of places to get a fantastic bowl. Here are 3 restaurants where you can slurp some yummy noodles and sip some tasty broth.
Blowfish Contemporary Sushi
This Japanese restaurant in Edgewater is the creation of sushi chefs Puje and Tuvshin Sukh. Of course, Blowfish has quality sushi, but I got a bowl of ramen here and it was delicious. I got the classic ramen, which features a tonkotsu (pork bone) broth, chashu (pork belly), kikurage mushrooms (aka wood ear mushrooms), nitamago (egg), scallions, spinach, corn, and sesame oil. The broth was flavorful, and the chashu was so tender and practically melted in my mouth. If you like garlic, the black garlic tonkotsu ramen is another favorite of patrons. There are also spicy options and the tofu shoyu ramen for vegetarians.
Blowfish is located at 1131 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Chicago, IL 60660.
High Five Ramen
Back in my college days, I went to this popular ramen spot. I was shocked by the long line out the door. I was even more shocked when the person in front of me said, "Oh, I went here yesterday, and the line was even longer. But trust me, the ramen is worth the wait."
Luckily, that person was right. I got High Five Ramen's signature bowl, which featured a rich and flavorful tonkotsu-style broth and tender pork belly. It would've been delicious at any time, but after waiting for what must have been almost two hours, it was truly divine. If you're daring, you can add the kanabo spice, which, according to their menu, is supposed to be a "face-numbing, tear-jerking, unbearable spice." (I was not that daring)
High Five Ramen is located in a basement at 112 N Green St, Chicago, IL 60607.
Strings Ramen Shop
Strings Ramen Shop serves some of the best ramen in Chicago. The shop makes fresh ramen noodles on a daily basis, and their tonkotsu broth is creamy, rich, and delicious. They also have miso, shoyu, and vegetarian options.
If you're feeling particularly brave, you can participate in their Monster Hell Ramen Challenge. If you can finish their super spicy level 5 hell ramen within 20 minutes, you'll get a $50 gift card, t-shirt, and your bowl of hell ramen on the house. Warning: you do need to sign a waiver before participating in the challenge.
Strings has locations in Chinatown (2141 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616), Lakeview (919 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657), and Hyde Park (1453 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615).