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Slurping Turtle

Slurping Turtle

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Noodle Restaurant and Japanese Restaurant$$$$
River North, Chicago
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  • Michael T.heart icon on user image
    Michael TongSeptember 11, 2017
    Insanely good - A to Z wine as well as shoyu mushroom made my brain explode. I am a simple man with complex soup tastes - and this exceeded all expectations
  • Maia F.heart icon on user image
    Maia FeruziAugust 20, 2016
    The tan tan men ramen is to die for! Just the right amount of spice in its decadent broth and well seasoned meat to warm you right up. Great service, great atmosphere, great food, great time!
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneMarch 5, 2015
    For those who only know packaged ramen noodles, this is a chance to enjoy the real thing. Tonkotsu noodles stew in an amazing pork broth with mushrooms, greens, bok choy and chili oil. Read more
  • Harper W.heart icon on user image
    Harper WentzAugust 8, 2015
    The ramen is delicious. The broth is aromatic and flavorful, while the molten egg is runny and gooey. The pork was a little fatty and dry. The Brussels sprouts were crispy and scrumptious.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJune 3, 2013
    For a real bang for your buck look for the Duck Fat Fried Chicken. The extra crispy coating gives way to a supremely moist interior, making it one of the best examples of fried chicken around.
  • Bobby K.heart icon on user image
    Bobby KennedyJanuary 2, 2016
    They only take reservations for larger groups, which makes it easier to drop in and get a seat than other places downtown. The duck fat chicken and all the ramen are world class.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 17, 2016
    Slurping Turtle serves ramen in a shio-style broth that's absolutely satisfying and offers substitutes for healthier options. Read more
  • Alex Y.heart icon on user image
    Alex YoungbloodSeptember 14, 2016
    I've tried their Brussel sprouts and literally omg. You won't regret that decision in your life. Also they have a great vibe and awesome music if you like electronic music
  • Angela B.heart icon on user image
    Angela BarnesJuly 8, 2017
    Very knowledgeable about what can be made vegan. My boyfriend and I had an incredible experience! Best vegetable roll I may have ever had!
  • Pat G.
    Pat GonzalezNovember 18, 2014
    If I lived in Chicago I would be here all winter for a hot bowl of ramen! Get the tan tan men - huge, spicy, and delicious. Gave me the courage to go back outside.
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistMarch 6, 2015
    Try a giant steaming bowl of Tan Tan Men Ramen during a cold day to warm you up. It's one of the most delicious ways to ward off the chill. Read more
  • Angelina S.
    Angelina S.April 14, 2013
    My favorite location. The Chef Takashi owns another upscale location. Slurping Turtle happens to be a whole in the wall place and always packed during lunch-hour. Try their Bento Box or Ramen Soup.
  • Patrick B.heart icon on user image
    Patrick BuggyOctober 21, 2016
    Solid happy hour with 1/2 price snacks, sake flights, and bottles of wine. $4 for select draft beers. The Tan Tan ramen and Chahan rice bowl are both very good.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMay 28, 2012
    Highlights of the menu include hamachi tartare in delicate little taro-root tacos, tan tan men ramen weighted with herb-packed pork meatballs, and joyful desserts like softball-sized cream puffs. -BC Read more
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 20, 2013
    Tori Ramen: the balance and depth of flavor of the shio-style (salt) broth is incredibly satisfying, just as a truly excellent bowl of ramen should be.
  • Elizabeth W.heart icon on user image
    Elizabeth WypasekAugust 22, 2014
    The best ramen in the city! My classic is the delicious & slightly spicy tan tan men ramen but just discovered the hiyashi chu-ka (cold noodles) the other day...strangely yummy!
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoJune 4, 2012
    Highlights of the menu include hamachi tartare in delicate little taro-root tacos, tan tan men ramen weighted with herb-packed pork meatballs, and joyful desserts like softball-sized cream puffs.
  • AskMen
    AskMenDecember 9, 2011
    Beer, sake, dumplings, & sashimi abound, but noodle dishes such as tan tan men with ground pork & spicy sausage, & slurping noodle with cilantro & black tiger shrimp are the highlights. Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoJanuary 18, 2018
    The menu features several different kinds of ramen, assembled with toppings, seasonings and all, but the house tonkotsu ramen is most beloved by fans. Read more
  • Anne
    AnneSeptember 13, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Order the cold udon if you are looking for something light and refreshing! It's also new to the menu~ loved it!
  • Daniel M.heart icon on user image
    Daniel McDonoughJuly 31, 2017
    Great homemade ramen. Start with the fried brussel sprouts and then get the Tan Tan Men Ramen. It's just the right amount of spice.
  • Carolheart icon on user image
    CarolMay 22, 2015
    Red Miso Ramen is phenomenal as always. You MUST get the brussel sprouts.... Seriously the best I've ever had
  • Yael B.heart icon on user image
    Yael BushoyFebruary 16, 2015
    Bomb Asian fusion+ ramen! Try the brussel sprouts, takoyaki, and the rice noodle bowls☺️ the cute slurping turtles theme and waitstaff was great as well.
  • Zach D.heart icon on user image
    Zach DanielSeptember 1, 2015
    Delicious ramen, and good service! Was surprised how quickly we were seated on a Saturday night. Got a very cozy booth on the second floor, looking down on the street.
  • Sharif N.
    Sharif NassrAugust 26, 2012
    Cute contemporary dining experience. The 'bincho grill' options are great for sampling. The 'slurping noodle' dish warms you up on a cold day. Nicely organized sake menu for the sake virgin.
  • aknkmalam
    aknkmalamOctober 26, 2012
    Dinner here is great, but make sure to also drop by for lunch and try their bento box! It is very worth the (not-so-pricey) price!
  • Rishad T.
    Rishad TobaccowalaAugust 15, 2014
    Amongst the neighborhood ramen places ( high five and ramen sen ) this is the best. BUT Chicago has nothing like Ippudo in NYC. One day someone will open it.
  • Fernando C.heart icon on user image
    Fernando CovasSeptember 2, 2014
    Their delicious tofu and mushroom ramen, which is great even if you're not a vegetarian, is off the menu, apparently until the winter. A shame, as you now have no options other than pork broth.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 22, 2013
    Unique flavors of macarons are the focus here, and the Sesame, which comes with a soft chocolate filling, is fantastic.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoFebruary 10, 2012
    Highlights of the menu—hamachi tartare in little taro-root tacos, fried ramen noodles tossed with spicy mustard for a dish called Chiyan Pon, and joyful desserts like softball-sized cream puffs. Read more
  • Eric G.heart icon on user image
    Eric GaydosAugust 7, 2014
    Chef Takashi was on season four of Top Chef Masters - but his career runs far deeper. This is Japanese comfort food done by a true expert of the craft.
  • T C.heart icon on user image
    T CallahanNovember 20, 2014
    Share a few small plates and split a ramen and ask your server for cocktail recs, they know what's up. Takashi-goodness all around.
  • Sally C.heart icon on user image
    Sally CedarApril 26, 2018
    Ramen and fried chicken and Brussel sprouts. Came with a large group of guys and they were fed and happy.
  • ashish r.heart icon on user image
    ashish rastogiMarch 31, 2018
    Red miso ramen! (May be ask for thinner chicken slices - else perfect!)
  • GREGORY S.heart icon on user image
    GREGORY SABARESEDecember 11, 2016
    Duck fat fried chicken was delicious. Unfortunately they use a chicken part that's mostly bone - without warning. So less meat and watch your teeth!
  • Chicago magazine
    Chicago magazineApril 9, 2012
    This River North joint overflows with minor treasures like a wonderful octopus salad and a duck-fat-fried chicken with crispy skin that melts right into the meat.
  • Carolheart icon on user image
    CarolFebruary 27, 2015
    Get the pork belly & tempura shrimp baos! They are so fluffy & flavorful
  • Rishad T.
    Rishad TobaccowalaFebruary 12, 2012
    Start with a) peppers, b) chicken thighs and c) gyoza. Then it's the a) slurping noodle ( share and ask for extra bowls) and Japanese rice with chicken ( share).
  • Carolheart icon on user image
    CarolOctober 1, 2014
    Try the Red Miso Ramen and the Fried Brussell Sprouts. The food is absolutely amazing
  • L K.heart icon on user image
    L KFebruary 9, 2015
    The fried brussel sprouts were excellent. Don't worry, the scallions are deep fried on top, so they can easily be picked off.
  • Brad N.
    Brad NolanJune 26, 2013
    Amazing brussel sprouts! Don't forget to add garlic to your tan tan men noodle dish!
  • Shawn C.heart icon on user image
    Shawn CalhounJune 26, 2017
    All ramen 🍜 is good there but the spicy pork is the 💣
  • Carlos B.heart icon on user image
    Carlos ButlerMarch 30, 2017
    Traditional tonkatsu ramen is good. Silky broth. Prefer molten egg over poached. Short rib add on is bone-in
  • Dione D.
    Dione DFebruary 9, 2013
    Great spot for some quick drinks or dinner with your lover! Sit upstairs very intimate and you can people watch!
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableDecember 2, 2011
    Hit Takashi Yagihashi's new restaurant for ramen, sashimi dishes and meats from the binchotan charcoal grill, including a delightful variety of chicken parts. Read more
  • Erika D.heart icon on user image
    Erika DavisJanuary 8, 2016
    Honestly, I like their ramen (it hits the spot), but I love their fried Brussel sprouts the most.
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Scott KleinbergDecember 17, 2015
    The ramen is to die for, as is the duck fat fried chicken. Crispy and satisfying.
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableDecember 6, 2011
    Don't miss the grilled chicken wings at this hopping River North Japanese spot. Other favorites: ramen, curry croquettes and age dashi eggplant. Read more
  • Tana B.heart icon on user image
    Tana BabcockJuly 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Soooo good! I've been for dinner and lunch. Great ramen and cocktails!
  • Darren P.
    Darren PoonDecember 3, 2011
    tasty quail + quail egg, miso cod, chicken liver/skin/and all the bits, and dericious fresh tofu. ramen's alright but its solid for chicago
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