Japanese food has been popular in the US for a while now and there are always new ramen places sprouting up in Chicago. Having tried a few ramen places in and around West Loop, I have decided on Ramen Takeya as my favourite.
A cozy spot located in the up-and-coming Fulton Market street, the hot and tasty broths always hit the spot when I am looking for a little comfort food in any season or just warmth in the winter. There are only a few times when you are in the mood for a one-and-done dinner and my go-to is a chilled Asahi draft and the spicy chicken Paitan ramen.
When just a broth will not do, I choose from their many tasty appetizers like the more traditional crispy chicken karaages (fried chicken) and edamames to the crispy Brussels sprouts with a Japanese touch. You can choose to be seated at the tables, the bar or the ramen bar where you can watch the broths bubbling away and the chefs at work.
There are no reservations, but finding a place between 6pm and 7pm is easy. It is usually after 7pm that the wait gets longer. It is an izakaya-like place and is my favourite sport for a quick ramen and draft Asahi beer. Closed on Mondays.