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    Post #1 - February 15th, 2015, 11:12 pm
    Post #1 - February 15th, 2015, 11:12 pm Post #1 - February 15th, 2015, 11:12 pm
    Had the pleasure of dining at Furious Spoon tonight for friend's & family (the official opening is this upcoming Wednesday, February 18th at 5:00pm). I have been a big fan of Shin Thompson's since his Bonsoiree days and l loved his ramen at Kabocha, so was extremely happy when I learned he was opening a ramen shop. This is a much different venue than his prior restaurants; casual, inexpensive, very energetic and a relatively quick meal. The ramen was fantastic; there are four different options (and a handful of sides - very concise menu); I opted for the spiciest version (the Furious Ramen). The noodles were incredible and the flavors of the broth amazing as well; the egg, mushrooms and other vegetarian additions to the ramen were perfectly cooked. The only minor flaw was the brisket was a bit too tough and fatty. The heat level was perfect for me; definitely had a bite but nothing over-the-top where it detracted from the rest of the flavor profile. Portions were very generous and I loved the giant spoon for slurping up the broth.

    The space looks appealing and definitely a lively, energetic (but not uncomfortably loud) vibe; the staff we encountered were all friendly and enthusiastic. There is a long, narrow open kitchen with a row of low bar seats facing the kitchen, then a row of high tables horizontal to the bar seats. Aside from the aisle being quite narrow between the bar seats and the row of tables I really liked the venue from an aesthetic standpoint and ambiance.

    I definitely foresee several return trips to Furious Spoon, especially once the weather warms up a tad as it is within about a 1/2 hour walk of my home. Am ecstatic to have Chef Thompson's incredible ramen available again.

    Furious Spoon
    1571 N. Milwaukee Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60622
    773-687-8445
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  • Post #2 - February 15th, 2015, 11:44 pm
    Post #2 - February 15th, 2015, 11:44 pm Post #2 - February 15th, 2015, 11:44 pm
    And now I want a bowl. May have to grab provisions and make some tomorrow because I could wither between now and the 18th.
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  • Post #3 - March 20th, 2015, 2:21 pm
    Post #3 - March 20th, 2015, 2:21 pm Post #3 - March 20th, 2015, 2:21 pm
    I visited last night, and was very impressed. I had a long day at work - our 2nd in line cook quit, then fought with me over a bonus he thought he deserved even though he was quitting... then I slipped on the last stair going downstairs and fell so hard on my back I almost passed out (cement stairs)... I was not in the mood to go out, but it was date night - and we ended up at Furious Spoon.

    I included the backstory (no pun intended) to give you an idea of the unpleasant mood I was in :evil:. My visit to Furious Spoon made me over the moon happy again! 8) ..

    I had the "Furious Ramen", wife had the veggie. Both were full of flavor, nice balance of spices, and great broth. The noodles were fantastic, and attention to detail was superb. I added some roasted garlic to mine, which was a great choice, and we sat at the counter. Decor is fun, music is loud - but fun - nostalgic 90's hip hop (not the vulgar kind, just 90's Hip Hop).

    Food came out fast, service was attentive, and again - both Ramen we tried were fantastic!! I am still thinking about the flavor today. The "Furious Spoon" ramen was spicy, and a few peppers that went straight down my throat hurt a little, but it left me wanting more. The soft boiled egg was perfectly cooked, and ran a little when I broke it...great rich flavor. It's also a pretty cheap date (for a well-cooked meal), about $12/person including T&T with a Japanese Beer for the lady..

    They seemed very eager to please, place was busy, and the overall vibe was very enjoyable. I'll be back soon.
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  • Post #4 - April 26th, 2015, 3:14 pm
    Post #4 - April 26th, 2015, 3:14 pm Post #4 - April 26th, 2015, 3:14 pm
    We had a lovely late lunch here today. Kid and I had the Shoyu ramen and husband went for the Furious Ramen. As mentioned above, the menu is very spare, but the noodles, broth, and additions were all very good. I was particularly happy with the noodles-- and the service. No wait, plus Stan's Donuts for dessert. Can't be beat.
  • Post #5 - May 5th, 2015, 9:18 pm
    Post #5 - May 5th, 2015, 9:18 pm Post #5 - May 5th, 2015, 9:18 pm
    I've been there twice.
    I still have not had the "Furious Ramen". I have a slight reluctance to try consuming anything that fiery. {Have I mentioned here I really did not enjoy Keizo Shimamoto's Green Curry Ramen @ Bassanova in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo?}
    First time there, I had the Shoyu ramen Image. I added roasted garlic, and the poached egg to it. This was good. The broth was spot-on for umami.
    Second time there, prior to the Logan Square Draught Beer Society's annual pub crawl, I tried its Miso ramen Image. This time, I added only the egg. This was not as satisfying, mostly due to the egg being a little too undercooked for me. I'd like the egg to be a little more solid, rather than runny.
    It would seem that the next time I go there, I should try the Furious ramen. But I might not.
    Here is a photograph of our oyaji on the 2nd visit Image.
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  • Post #6 - February 10th, 2016, 9:33 am
    Post #6 - February 10th, 2016, 9:33 am Post #6 - February 10th, 2016, 9:33 am
    Ramen Hotspot Furious Spoon Planning Pilsen Location Next

    http://chicago.eater.com/2016/2/9/10950 ... n-location
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  • Post #7 - February 10th, 2016, 9:54 am
    Post #7 - February 10th, 2016, 9:54 am Post #7 - February 10th, 2016, 9:54 am
    I wish them success, but I am unable to understand how they are working on a third restaurant so quickly. I mean there are better bowls of ramen to be had on the same street (Oiistar), let alone in the whole city. I worry that they are expanding too fast and that it will end in tragedy as so many restaurant ventures have.
  • Post #8 - February 10th, 2016, 12:01 pm
    Post #8 - February 10th, 2016, 12:01 pm Post #8 - February 10th, 2016, 12:01 pm
    I mean there are better bowls of ramen to be had on the same street (Oiistar), let alone in the whole city.


    You state that as if it is some sort of fact!
  • Post #9 - June 6th, 2016, 3:48 pm
    Post #9 - June 6th, 2016, 3:48 pm Post #9 - June 6th, 2016, 3:48 pm
    Does anyone know if the rooftop bar at the new Logan Sq location is open yet? The restaurant itself appears to be open but I cannot get them to answer the phone (at any location).
  • Post #10 - June 7th, 2016, 11:48 am
    Post #10 - June 7th, 2016, 11:48 am Post #10 - June 7th, 2016, 11:48 am
    The Logan Square location just held Friends & Family last evening; not sure if they are opening to the public today - if not it should be in the very near future. Not sure if the rooftop is going to be ready on day one.
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  • Post #11 - June 7th, 2016, 12:26 pm
    Post #11 - June 7th, 2016, 12:26 pm Post #11 - June 7th, 2016, 12:26 pm
    Furious Spoon
    2410 N Milwaukee Ave (at W Fullerton Ave)
    Chicago, IL 60647
    (773) 770-3559
    furiousramen.com
  • Post #12 - June 7th, 2016, 3:10 pm
    Post #12 - June 7th, 2016, 3:10 pm Post #12 - June 7th, 2016, 3:10 pm
    Gonzo70 wrote:The Logan Square location just held Friends & Family last evening; not sure if they are opening to the public today - if not it should be in the very near future. Not sure if the rooftop is going to be ready on day one.


    They did announce on social media they are open to the public starting today!
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  • Post #13 - January 31st, 2017, 9:47 am
    Post #13 - January 31st, 2017, 9:47 am Post #13 - January 31st, 2017, 9:47 am
    Furious Spoon, a popular Chicago ramen chain that began in Wicker Park in 2015, will open its first Lakeview location in the summer at 3200 N. Halsted St.

    https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/2017013 ... -nightclub
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  • Post #14 - February 4th, 2017, 1:05 pm
    Post #14 - February 4th, 2017, 1:05 pm Post #14 - February 4th, 2017, 1:05 pm
    I went to the Logan Square location the other day. It's a nice spot, and I appreciated the hip hop, but from a strictly ramen standpoint, I'd put it a level below Yusho or Misoya. Still, it was very satisfying.

    Love,
    John
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  • Post #15 - February 4th, 2017, 2:39 pm
    Post #15 - February 4th, 2017, 2:39 pm Post #15 - February 4th, 2017, 2:39 pm
    Ideal Machine wrote:I went to the Logan Square location the other day. It's a nice spot, and I appreciated the hip hop, but from a strictly ramen standpoint, I'd put it a level below Yusho or Misoya. Still, it was very satisfying.

    Love,
    John

    Super salty and pretty one-dimensional. It's a convenient stop between a few bars I frequent and my apartment but nothing I'd go out of my way for, especially when I haven't been drinking. And the volume level of the music is beyond annoying. When the weather's nice, I sit outside at the picnic tables just so I can avoid it . . . and from that vantage point, the constant rumble of the Blue Line is a vast improvement.

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  • Post #16 - February 4th, 2017, 4:09 pm
    Post #16 - February 4th, 2017, 4:09 pm Post #16 - February 4th, 2017, 4:09 pm
    ronnie_suburban wrote:
    Ideal Machine wrote:I went to the Logan Square location the other day. It's a nice spot, and I appreciated the hip hop, but from a strictly ramen standpoint, I'd put it a level below Yusho or Misoya. Still, it was very satisfying.

    Love,
    John

    Super salty and pretty one-dimensional. It's a convenient stop between a few bars I frequent and my apartment but nothing I'd go out of my way for, especially when I haven't been drinking. And the volume level of the music is beyond annoying. When the weather's nice, I sit outside at the picnic tables just so I can avoid it . . . and from that vantage point, the constant rumble of the Blue Line is a vast improvement.

    =R=

    I think what Furious Spoon was doing and what Furious Spoon is now doing are at opposite ends of the spectrum - broth, noodles, chashu . . . nothing is at it was when there was just one location. Night and day in my opinion. I used to think it was very good and now I think it's just average.
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  • Post #17 - February 16th, 2017, 5:33 am
    Post #17 - February 16th, 2017, 5:33 am Post #17 - February 16th, 2017, 5:33 am
    Furious is my least favorite of the main ramen (focused) spots in Chicago. The broth is too rich and unbalanced, and the ratio of noodles to broth is always weird to me as well. Usually not enough broth. I also hate how they do the egg. The pork was way better when they first opened, but I guess too many people complained it was too fatty and they changed it. Whatever. It's not the worst ramen ever, and it's nice that they're open late. The noodles are good quality as well.

    I'll always miss the Strings 2. Most underrated spot. They had awesome mushroom / veggie ramen that's not at the main location as well as the Ostrich or other game meats. Much better depth of flavor their broths in general.
  • Post #18 - February 16th, 2017, 10:25 am
    Post #18 - February 16th, 2017, 10:25 am Post #18 - February 16th, 2017, 10:25 am
    bnl wrote:
    I mean there are better bowls of ramen to be had on the same street (Oiistar), let alone in the whole city.


    You state that as if it is some sort of fact!


    I think it's pretty clear that pretty much everything said on these forums is an opinion. I will, however, note that recent posts suggest that my hypothesis was correct.
  • Post #19 - March 20th, 2017, 8:08 pm
    Post #19 - March 20th, 2017, 8:08 pm Post #19 - March 20th, 2017, 8:08 pm
    Evanston is getting a piece of the Furious Spoon expansion next. The burgeoning local ramen chain will open its first suburban shop this fall at 1700 Maple St., a former Red Robin Burger Works location

    http://chicago.eater.com/2017/3/20/1498 ... ramen-shop
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  • Post #20 - March 21st, 2017, 4:42 am
    Post #20 - March 21st, 2017, 4:42 am Post #20 - March 21st, 2017, 4:42 am
    botd wrote:
    bnl wrote: "I mean there are better bowls of ramen to be had on the same street (Oiistar), let alone in the whole city."

    You state that as if it is some sort of fact!


    I think it's pretty clear that pretty much everything said on these forums is an opinion. I will, however, note that recent posts suggest that my hypothesis was correct.


    It was a fact that Oiistar was better when you wrote it, and it still is. Furious Spoon isn't in same league as Misoya, Oiistar or Wasabi. I'm irritated they're coming to downtown Evanston. I want their expansion-over-perfection business model to crash and burn.
  • Post #21 - June 17th, 2017, 10:29 pm
    Post #21 - June 17th, 2017, 10:29 pm Post #21 - June 17th, 2017, 10:29 pm
    As somebody who has now been to Japan thirteen times, and had lots of bowls of ramen (including my very first one in December 2005 - I think the report is out there on LiveJournal), I think I can encapsulate what Shin Thompson is (now) trying to do with Furious Spoon.
    In Japan, there is an undeclared distinction between (regular) ramen and 'drunk' ramen.
    The Chicago locations for Furious Spoon are in communities with a significant amount of alcohol-serving venues. While the original Furious Spoon at 1560 N. Milwaukee Ave. and at 2410 N. Milwaukee have licenses to sell alcohol, their licenses end at 26:00 hours [2:00 am for you American clock-watchers :?]. Unless it tries to upgrade its licenses to the 28:00 version, I ponder if its overall idea is to be the venue where {ahem} drunkards fall into after a night of drinking, needing something to get into their stomach to absorb some of that alcohol. In other words, to make the best 'drunk' ramen.
    I would allow that Furious Spoon offers a very good 'drunk' ramen. I look forward to tasting its ramen at the NW corner of Belmont and Halsted. :)
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