High Five Ramen
In the heart of West Loop’s restaurant row, near Michelin-star recipient Avec and Chicago-favorite Little Goat, is High Five Ramen. This dark and cozy basement joint is perfect for hunkering down over a steaming, late-night bowl of ramen. Owned and operated by the same people who brought Chicago Au Cheval and 3 Greens, High Five is famous for the heat of its broth (the full spice version may “cause pain, sweating … and deep regret” according to the menu).
Diners can choose between three different intensity levels. All broths served are tonkotsu style, which means they’re slightly creamy; High Five makes its version with miso, sesame, nori, and assorted spices. The broth cooks steadily for 18 hours before serving, so you know it’s full of rich flavor. No matter how spicy you end up ordering, wash your dish down with a Coconut Painkiller or Matcha Lemonade cocktail slushie.