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Food for Chilly Days

Food for Chilly Days

Ramen is perfect for those cold winter months in Chicago.

For starters, take the Kimchi Fried Chicken from River North's popular restaurant, Ramen-san. This ramen bowl is designated as extra-spicy on the menu; and it's sure to warrant bringing a few tissues to get you through the meal.

The spice adds dimension to the dish, rather than simply overshadowing the classic flavors with intense heat. The kimchi is traditional (many restaurants won't serve true kimchi), while the fried chicken is not what you're thinking. 

 The Kimchi Fried Chicken. Image via   Fab Food Chicago

The Kimchi Fried Chicken. Image via Fab Food Chicago

For a more classic ramen, order the Tonkotsu, which features traditional broth, chashu (Berkshire pork belly), and a molten egg.

The vibe of the restaurant is decidedly cool. In the brick interior, one can sip on sake, sake bombs, Japanese lager, among many other drink options while jamming out to some old school hip hop and rap. Think Biggie, Eric B. & Rakim, and Snoop Dogg. 

 Image via   Zagat

Image via Zagat

Get off campus, hop on the L, and hit up Ramen-san — it's a long winter . 


Ramen-san is located at 59 W Hubbard St, just steps from the Grand red-line stop in River North.

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