It’s winter, let’s warm our bellies with a comforting bowl of hot noodles from any of these places that craft housemade noodles:
Sharing is fun, mix & match big bowls of homemade noodles at Urban Belly. Whether you get the UrbanBelly Ramen ( pork belly, shiitake mushrooms, & pho broth), or the delicious Asian Egg Noodles (stir fried with eggplant, tofu, & spicy garlic chili). They also serve a fantastic dumplings & kimchi. The restaurant is small with long communal tables, so bring some friends to share some of the most delicious noodles in Chicago. 3053 N California Ave. Average Entree: $12.
Penny’s Noodle Shop.
Don’t be dissuaded by the chain restaurant appearance, this place serves some of the best Thai food. Penny’s Noodles also crafts their very own noodles and you can find the exceptional taste in dishes like Egg Noodles w/ Barbecued Pork or the sweet & savory staple: Pad Thai. Penny’s doesn’t just wow your taste buds with noodle dishes, try their gai ka prow (spicy basil and ground chicken over fried rice) if you like your dishes very spicy. 950 W Diversey Ave. Average entree: $7.
Underneath the Western Blue Line, the Belly Shack stands as a creative, flavorful, and cheap place to eat. Not the traditional noodle joint, this place has menu items like the Belly Dog (all-beef hot dog topped with egg noodles, pickled green papaya and togarashi spiced fries) or their Asian Meatball sandwich (stuffed with somen noodles). Try Asian fusion in some unique concoctions at 1912 N Western Ave. Average entree: $8.
Boasting some fame on the northside is Tank Noodle. An authentic take on Vietnamese cuisine, one reviewer remarks: “You’d swear they’ve got a sushi chef trapped in the kitchen, though: dishes are presented with fussy attention to color and arrangement.” A must-eat is their signature Vietnamese dish: Pho (a hot noodle soup blended perfectly with cilantro, basil, and bean sprouts). Just a heads up: Fridays & Saturdays get really busy at 4953 N Broadway. Average entree: $10.
Joy Yee’s Noodles
Joy Yee’s Noodles packs a tasty punch for any enthusiast of noodles, soups, fried rice dishes, and curry chicken wings. Also, try the shrimp hot pot that is served in a bamboo box, and they also have an extensive selection of delicious bubble tea. Hit up Joy Yee’s at 1465 W Irving Park. Average entree: $8.