The mighty Horseshoe Hammond goes to great lengths to pull in Asian gamblers, running free, (almost) hourly shuttles between Chinatown and the northwest Indiana casino in addition to less frequent stops at Broadway and Argyle, among others. Its La Cheng Asian Gaming Area, packed with baccarat tables, is designed on lucky feng shui principles, and conceals a hidden noodle bar which recently received a ringing endorsement from L2O chef and high roller Matthew Kirkley, who declared that “the best noodle shop in the Chicagoland area is not in Chicago, nor Illinois. It’s behind the Baccarat pit of the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana.”

That’s hard to ignore, isn’t it?

And yet, Friend of the Food Chain Titus was more measured in his praise, and another trusted source told me the place was flat-out bunk. But surely the ballers attached to the baccarat tables would demand a quality bowl of noodles above and beyond what we’re used to in the city, right?