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Satchmo2006 Mar 11, 2008 08:53 AM

I have a craving for decent ramen for lunch in the Loop. Any suggestions?
Much thanks!

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    deesher May 12, 2008 01:00 PM

    While neither is in the loop, they are both pretty close. The best ramen downtown can be found at Ginza Fish (19 R. Ohio) or East (formerly known as Cocoro at 668 N. Wells). Each makes a bowl that is (IMHO) far superior to Takashi.

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      Mi_chan May 9, 2008 11:27 AM

      Well, I assume you've tried Noodles by Takeshi at the Macy's. Unfortunately, it isn't very authentic, but decent. Mitsuwa has the best noodles that I've found, but that's in the burbs and without a car - very challenging to get to. If you and I watch Tompopo together, wanna open a shop in the loop? ;-) I would love me some real Loopy Ramen!

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        citywayne May 10, 2008 12:29 PM

        I have just realized that I don't know wht constitutes a GOOD Ramen.
        I have only eaten tons of it (dried kind) when I was a poor enlisted man in the service (vietnam era). It was a cheap meal then too.
        I have been in and thru Japan a lot, but have never thought to try it. Now I will have to do so next time.
        But I am curious as to what makes a good vs. a bad Ramen.
        Thanks.

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          anderhous May 11, 2008 05:50 PM

          Tompopo would make anyone want to eat authentic ramen. I have never found such a place, and even the less than ethereal places in the movie were inspirational for seeking out the real thing. Noone in Chicago offers this?!!!

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          aelph Mar 11, 2008 04:01 PM

          Ramen shops are one thing Chicago(proper) doesn't really do. Maybe Mitsuwa's food court in the northern burbs?

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            renov8r Mar 11, 2008 03:03 PM

            there are a smattering of sushi places in the Loop, most offer some variations of noodles /w broth

            I am really not up on the differences between udon, soba and ramen. Any definitive guidelines?

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              jesteinf Mar 11, 2008 09:39 AM

              I think the best you're going to be able to do is the food court on the 7th floor of Macy's. Takashi has a noodle place up there that does ramen. I'm no aficionado, but I thought it was pretty good (certainly not transcendent). I'd be curious to know if there are other options though.

              1. mai_world Mar 11, 2008 09:09 AM

                I used to eat ramen at this cute place in San Mateo, CA. Ramen in the loop would be awesome!

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