It seems like the weather started cooling off as soon as the clock struck “September”. Warm up with some ramen at one of these spectacular spots near West Loop.
Ramen Takeya tops the list for its ambiance and great menu selection. The pork belly buns, poke bowl appetizer, and classic Tokyo shoyu are go-to favorites, but with the vegan seitan ramen option, there’s something everyone can enjoy. The trendy-casual decor and narrow, deep layout makes Ramen Takeya feel like a spot in Tokyo only locals would know about. Ramen Takeya is on Fulton Market in the heart of West Loop. Click here to see a menu.
High Five Ramen
If a ramen restaurant was a speakeasy, it’d be High Five Ramen. This hidden gem is located under Green Street Smoked Meats in the heart of West Loop and is a Hogsalt concept, the same restaurant group that manages Au Cheval and Bavettes. Seating is extremely limited to make sure to arrive early!
Oiistar Wicker Park is just a rocks throw from West Loop and combines traditional ramen with French and Italian influences to get the best of multiple cuisines. The pork-based broth is made daily and stewed for 18 hours and combined with fresh ingredients. Unique appetizers, like a kimchi French onion soup, give Oiistar its unique flare. Based on the minimalist aesthetic, you’d never guess the complex array of dishes on Oiistar’s menu. if you’re looking for traditional ramen with a twist of something a little different, check out Oiistar Wicker Park.
Watch the lively West Loop scene on Green Street from the outdoor patio seating at Ramen San. The hip decor, 90’s music, and great beer selection make Ramen San the perfect spot for a laid back Sunday afternoon.
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When you’re near the West Loop, Randolph Street is the ultimate location for trying out some of the best fine dining that Chicago has to offer! Also known as Restaurant Row, the West Loop’s Randolph Street is famous for its variety of restaurant options and its popular, annual street market festival. Here the top five places to check out during your visit!
#1 Girl and the Goat
As one of the very first establishments on Restaurant Row, Girl and the Goat is a bustling, fan-favorite of the West Loop! With Bravo’s Top Chef winner, Stephanie Izard, as the executive chef, you can expect a delicious, cooked-to-perfection meal. Try the mouthwatering escargot ravioli or the seared diver scallops on your next visit!
#2 Au Cheval
Known for its delectable egg entrees, this elegant diner-style bar and restaurant is a great brunch spot to check out! The world-famous burger draws Chicagoans from all parts of the city in flocks just to try a bite of this West Loop gem.
This Asian-BBQ fusion restaurant is great for those of you that want a one-of-a-kind experience. With special grilling tables, you can enjoy the finest dishes like the Lemongrass Salmon and Braised Pork Belly as you watch them prepared right at your table. Enjoy large plates or sharable sized dishes. Stop by on Tuesdays for bellyQ’s $5 Hour Hour!
Red Kuri Squash, Miyazaki Beef, Bay Scallops—these are just a few of the mouthwatering dishes that this award-winning restaurant has to offer! As only one of three Chicago restaurants to ever earn the prestigious Michelin Guide three-star restaurant rating, Grace is definitely worth the experience!
#5 De Cero
It’s the perfect place near the West Loop to enjoy authentic, gourmet Mexican cuisine and margaritas. Smoked Paprika Poblano Quesadillas, Grilled Mahi Mahi Tacos, Spicy Goat Cheese Tamales—De Cero is a great spot for decadent Mexican food in next time you’re near the West Loop.
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