Ramen, agedashi tofu, and bao at Chizakaya in Chicago

Agedashi tofu

Chicken ramen

Resident Foodies say: Chizakaya is an izakaya Japanese bar in Chicago that serves ramen and small plates of Japanese and Korean food. After wanting to go here for some time, we finally made it to the restaurant in Lakeview.

Chicken bao

Our favorite item was one of the specials: the chicken bao, consisting of chicken, brown sugar togarashi dust, kimchi, and cilantro. It may have been the best bao of our lives–the kimchi gives it an extra kick. The combination was wicked, in a delicious way. We could have eaten several of these as our meal. It was that good.

We also liked the agedashi tofu, deep fried with potato starch and served in a broth of dash, shoyu, and mirin. The texture of the tofu was just right–crispy, but easily dissolving into the soft center. The chicken ramen was good as well, but we’ve tasted better, homemade noodles.