High Five Ramen

Restaurants, Japanese West Loop
  • 4 out of 5 stars
(5user reviews)
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 (Photograph: Kari Skaflen)
Photograph: Kari Skaflen
High Five Ramen
 (Photograph: Kari Skaflen)
Photograph: Kari Skaflen
High Five Ramen
 (Photograph: Kari Skaflen)
Photograph: Kari Skaflen
High Five Ramen
 (Photograph: Kari Skaflen)
Photograph: Kari Skaflen
High Five Ramen
 (Photograph: Kari Skaflen)
Photograph: Kari Skaflen
High Five Ramen

When the temperatures drop, it’s hard to not want to escape to somewhere remote and exotic. After one (or four) slushies in this hidden oasis under Green Street Meats in the West Loop, you can almost pretend you’ve been transported to a gritty basement ramen shop in Tokyo. Reminiscent of the cautioning one might find from a buffalo wing-centric sports bar, the menu begins with a stern warning of how spicy the soup can be—and spicy it is, but worth the momentary pain. Balance the flecks of chili in the classic High Five Ramen with one of the milder bowls like the Shoyu or Special Ramen, which are still impressive without the seductively creamy tonkotsu broth. The bracingly chilly bite of the fruity slushy cocktails will help tame the heat, too.


Venue name: High Five Ramen
Address: 112 N Green St
Opening hours: Daily, 6pm–2am
Transport: El stop: Green, Pink to Morgan-Lake. Bus: 8, 20.
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Joe L

Tied for Best Ramen in Chicago. Get there around 5:00 to 5:30 if you don't want to wait for an hour to eat like everyone else says in reviews. But, once you do, you will not be disappointed. Although their signature is their most popular, it wasn't my favorite type of spice, and the broth had a thicker consistency and grainy texture, so I recommend their mushroom ramen. Personally, its the best thing on the menu.

Jyoti G

Absolutely worth the wait for this ramen place. This is the best in the city that I've had so far. The ambiance is unreal. While you're waiting, walk around West Loop or get a drink upstairs at Green Street Smoked Meats.

Alejandro R

This is hands down the best ramen in the city. Get there early (like before they open, early) and get in to the first seating, otherwise prepare to wait. The tiny dining room has only 16 seats, they keep it very dark and keep the old school hip hop turned up. Order the Full Spice, a Corpse Revivor #2 slushie, and you don't need that spoon.

Clayton Guse

If you manage to score a table at High Five, you're one of the luckier people in the West Loop. It always draws a long wait, but if you manage to get your name in early enough, you'll be treated to some of the best ramen in the entire city.

Nick Kotecki

Skip most of the ramen spots in Wicker Park for High Five. The soup is spicier, the broth is better and the frozen cocktails are just plain incredible.