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Tampopo-inspired noodle frenzy

Seth Zurer | Mar 7, 2001 05:23 PM

I saw Tampopo last night for the first time, and as may be expected I am feeling a serious urge to slurp down some good ramen tonight. I've combed the board for noodle soup suggestions and this is what I've come up with.

Big Bowl -- I'm a little wary of this place, Lettuce Entertain You being what it is.
Penny's -- I've eaten here before with mixed (mostly unpleasant) results.
Pf Changs -- Seems like a bit of a trek.
Benpao -- Lettuce Again, and perhaps a touch too upscale

Seven Treasures (the one on Wentworth) for noodle soups and war mein. Very un-fancy, but good soups.
Joy Yee's, tel. (312)328-0001, on Archer in the Chinatown Square mall. the best noodles and fruit drinks you've had in your life!

None these places seem to really fit the bill--is it possible that there are no japanes noodle-ries in chicago? I'd love to hear more about Seven Treasures and Joy Yee -- specific recommendations? things to avoid? Any other ideas that the Chicago hounds can come up with would be greatly appreciated. Am I far off the mark with my skepticism about the first four listed?

thanks.

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