News - 03.05.2019

The 10 Essential Japanese Restaurants in Chicago

There are now seven locations of this fast-casual, Tokyo-style ramen shop, which specializes in handmade noodles and plenty of hip-hop tunes to accompany them. At the helm of the restaurants is Michelin-starred chef Shin Thompson, who has gained a steady following for bold bowls like the pork shoyu (with tonkotsu broth, chashu pork belly, and nori) and the holy cow (with chili-infused noodles, spicy beef bone broth, and fresno chilies). And then, of course, there’s the namesake, a menu item comprised of tonkotsu broth, chashu pork belly, chicken dumplings, and fury sauce. Try it with the signature margarita, a glass of Libelula tequila, Combier, and habanero syrup that packs its own heat.