River North, West Loop
Trendy without trying too hard
Ramen-San strikes the perfect balance between trendy but casual. It would be a great place for a first date, but swinging in for a solo lunch shouldn’t be out of the question. In fact, their $15 Express Lunch is a must-try. Pick a rice plate, main dish, and beverage, and enjoy. This is also a great spot for grabbing a drink or sharing some apps like chicken wings, dumplings, buns, and more.