Intrigued by the sudden push toward housemade noodles at Dragon Ranch Moonshine & BBQ and Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar, I had to investigate. Thankfully both graciously allowed me behind-the-scenes access to observe how they craft their ramen noodles from scratch
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We may be far from either coast, but Chicago is in the midst of a love affair with the oyster, as almost every new restaurant touts its fresh oyster program. But oysters require constant care and attention, and the best places we found dedicate serious resources to doing things right. Here are some of our favorites.
Whether they're skewering alligator and beef tongue for the robata grill or breeding unlikely flavor combinations for the sushi menu, the chefs at Union Sushi seem bent on pushing the limits of their cuisine. And the noodle menu harbors some of the Asian-street-food-inspired restaurant's brashest dishes.
For years, the ramen in Chicago has felt unloved. That has slowly been changing, but this year seemed to be the tipping point, as a whole new group of restaurants popped up with a desire to do things right. It seemed like the perfect time to reevaluate the scene.