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Review Fri Mar 27 2015

Chicago's Ramen Game Heats Up

Make room in your belly for one more contender in Chicago's ramen explosion. Strings Ramen, the traditional Japanese-style ramen hall in Chinatown with a serious fan base, opened a second location in Lincoln Park this week and their game is tight.

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You can expect the same handmade noodles and regional Japanese broth specialties Strings is known for, but with new ostrich, crab, and mushroom toppings and five levels of spiciness in the Shoyu broth (levels four and five require you to sign a waiver) that are exclusive to the Lincoln Park location.

The clear winner on the menu, though, is the outstanding tonkotsu broth -- simmered for 48 hours with Berkshire pork bones, it's rich, creamy, and good to the last drop.


If Strings 2 has an edge on the other hot ramen joints around, it's that it is open until 2am on Thursdays and Sundays and 4am on Fridays and Saturdays. And since they offer an industry discount, pretty soon it's going to be the best place to spot chefs and foodies alike getting their ramen on after hours.


Perhaps you could also picture yourself after a late night, standing at the ramen bar, swaying just a little over a steaming bowl of savory pork heaven?

Strings 2 is located at 1629 N. Halsted.
A liquor license is still in the works, so for now it is BYOB.

Photos by Brad Snyder

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Rentalic / March 30, 2015 12:44 AM

Tasty and tangy with creamy tastes soo delicious and thanks for sharing.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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