Somewhere between the plates of cookies and cups of mulled wine, we found time for another winter treat — ramen. The Japanese staple has found a home in Chicago, which is on the brink of a ramen revolution. As the satisfying combination of noodles and rich broth becomes more common, restaurants are creating their spins. From fried chicken and smoked brisket to tried-and-true recipes inspired by bowls served in Japan, these are the seven bowls of ramen to eat right now.


Lettuce Entertain You’s interpretation of an urban ramen shop takes some inspiration from their other restaurants to create American-Japanese fusion bowls. Try the Bub City smoked brisket and black garlic ramen with chicken broth and a molten egg or the kimchi and fried chicken ramen with pork broth and buttered corn.

59 W. Hubbard St.; 312-377-9950