Chef Bill Kim’s eclectic ramen spot at Time Out Market Chicago takes inspiration from Korean, Vietnamese and Mexican flavors. Vegan and gluten-free diners can enjoy the Korean BBQ Mushroom Ramen with a comforting sesame soy broth base, tofu from Phoenix Bean, radishes, umami mushrooms and scallions. If you get too hot while eating the ramen, try some chilled, blistered shishito peppers served in a ponzu soy sauce.
Ramen is a quintessential comfort food—just tuck into a bowl served by some of the best restaurants in Chicago on a cold day if you need proof. Hot broth, luscious noodles and a vast array of toppings make this a dish that's appealing to many different palates. While meat- and seafood-based bowls are common among the best ramen shops in Chicago, vegan and vegetarian ramen options have been slow to follow. Recently, ramen spots throughout the city have started offering ramen that plant-based eaters can enjoy, complete with super-flavorful broth. Gone are the days when vegetarian ramen means a bland broth with steamed vegetables thrown in. Enjoy these meat-free bowls when you sample the best vegan and vegetarian ramen in Chicago.