Noodles by Takashi Yagihashi

Restaurants, Japanese Loop
Noodles by Takashi Yagihashi
Photograph: Brendan Lekan Ramen at Takashi

Good ramen is hard to find, especially in the Loop. And while we’re grateful for chef Takashi Yagihashi’s return to Chicago (after successful runs in Detroit and Vegas), we have to try hard to shrug off the $9 price tag for a bowl of noodles in broth. Our advice is to go with a friend, split the shoyu ramen (noodles in soy-miso broth, braised pork, soft-boiled egg and marinated bamboo shoots), and supplement with starters like spring rolls or pot stickers. You’ll find it’s a surprisingly solid downtown lunch.


Venue name: Noodles by Takashi Yagihashi
Address: 111 N State St
Cross street: at Washington St
Opening hours: Lunch (closed Sun)
Transport: Subway stop: Washington; Randolph Subway lines: Blue, Red to Washington; Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to Randolph Bus info: 3 King Drive, 4 Cottage Grove, 14 Jeffery Express, 20 Madison, 26 South Shore Ex
Price: Average main course: $8
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