The Boystown/Lincoln Park area has plenty of capable ramen shops, but Tanaka Ramen is a definite standout. Although you’ll want to make a beeline for the ramen, be patient and look over the menu first—if you leave without sampling some of their izakaya offerings, you’ll be cheating yourself. Traditional offerings like Garlic-pepper Chicken Karaage and perfectly browned Takoyaki are musts, as are the Tempura Brussels Sprouts. Once it’s time for the main attraction, your bowl runneth over with options from a rich garlicky Tonkotsu to Spicy Chicken Soboro to all-vegan options, as well. And if you’re dining with someone who’s not exactly a ramen fanatic as you are, they also offer a variety of mouthwatering Japanese-style curries.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order take-out and delivery online.