Subway: Blue to Belmont(773) 583-0500 urbanbellychicago.com41.937373 -87.697720 3053 N California Ave (between Nelson St and Barry Ave) Avondale, Chicago
Lunch, dinner (closed Mon)Average main course: $12
You’d think a dish called the “Urbanbelly Ramen” would be this noodle bar’s stand-out item. But as satisfying as that bowl of clove-kissed broth and pork belly is, the best dish here is the rice cakes. The chewy, mini Frisbees are topped with juicy chicken and bits of mango, which help cool the fiery, chili-spiked broth. Like the rich lamb-and-brandy dumplings, it’s the kind of dish you’ll want to take your time with. But the crowds vying for your seat dictate that you eat your food fast and jet.