When I was vacationing in Chicago, I went to visit Urbanbelly near Logan Square. They are also recipients of a Michelin Bib Gourmands Chicago award in 2010. It basically means they are a quality restaurant with affordable price.
They don’t take reservations, but on a weekday lunch hour, there was no wait.
The counter is at the back, so you just line up and order. They have daily specials written on the wall.
You can find the rest of the regular items on their menu. The prices are quite decent with nothing over $13.
The interior is one large room with 4 communal tables. Better get cozy and meet some new friends.
Asian Squash and Bacon Dumplings ($7) comes with 4 pieces of the steamed dumplings. It has a predominantly squash filling. It is topped with bacon bits, orange slices and other things. It was pretty good and has a nice balance between the sweet oranges and the savoury dumpling.
Urbanbelly Ramen ($13) is made with a pho broth and has pork belly and shitake mushrooms. Its deep rich broth with layers of savoury flavours is quite delicious.
Phat Rice ($9) is a fried rice dish that combined all the other rice dishes into one. There was short rib, pork belly, pineapple, scallions, pea shoots, and Thai basil. I chose this dish because I was pretty indecisive of what to order….so this was the best option. It was pretty good.
Chinese Eggplant with Thai Basil came complimentary because we waited a long time for the Phat Rice. I loved the sauce that came with it.
At the end of the meal, they give you some Ginger Candy to round out the experience.
Overall, the food was pretty good and I would come again. The food is a bit only and rich, but that means its extra delicious.
We Rate Urban Belly:
3053 N California Ave