The new Kickstarter funded ramen spot from chef Shin Thompson has finally opened in the heart of Wicker Park. The sleek and narrow storefront is lined with wood counters and stools, and the speakers blare with thumpy hip-hop. Four different versions of ramen anchor the menu, but it’s the restaurant’s namesake dish, Furious Ramen, that really makes a statement. The miso-based broth has a lip-numbing heat that burns without being overwhelming, and is accompanied by an impeccable cooked egg that splits open with the consistency of velvet custard. Snappy fresh noodles are a treat, made daily in the large machine behind the counter. The soup is packed with meaty toppings—a melty pork belly and beef brisket—but it’s the surprisingly tender and bright marinated mushrooms that really shine.
|Venue name:||Furious Spoon||Contact:|
1571 N Milwaukee Ave
|Cross street:||between Damen Ave and North Ave|
|Transport:||El stop: Blue to Damen-O'Hare. Bus: 50, 56, 72.|
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It may not boast rich, thick broths like the ones served at Wasabi, but you'll feel a bit more lively after a bowl of noodles at Furious Spoon. This Wicker Park shop serves some filling (but not heavy) meals, allowing you to customize your toppings. Go ahead and add a poached egg and some Tiger cry sauce—just be prepared for the heat.