More than Sushi Served at These Top Japanese Restaurants

Megy Karydes

By , Local Expert, Chicago
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Most people think of sushi when they think of Japanese food, but there's plenty of grilling, and steaming going on in Japanese kitchens. While fish usually takes center stage in many dishes, there are plenty of meat items on the menu, too. Japanese restaurants in Chicago run the gamut from upscale fusion restaurants to dining while sitting on tatami mats or on low tables in the traditional Japanese style at an izakaya. Hot Asian fusion restaurants like Sunda and Takashi consistently get rave reviews from both locals and visitors for pushing the envelope with eclectic, innovative and beautifully-plated dishes while more...  Read more »

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    Sankyu Japanese Restaurant

    Try the tonkatsu ramen with its rich broth that includes a generous helping of noodles and topped with assorted vegetables and slices of pork. 

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the tonkatsu ramen with its rich broth that includes a generous helping of noodles and topped with assorted vegetables and slices of pork. "

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    Katsu Japanese

    Diners wax poetic about the sashimi and are often delighted to take home leftovers.

    Local Expert Tip: "Go for the omakase: chef's tasting. "

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    Itto Sushi

    For those willing to make their experience an adventure, ask for the omakase dinner where the chef often prepares items you won't find on menu.

    Local Expert Tip: "The shochu list is impressive."

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    The Egg and Pistachio Macaroon (Milk Chocolate Cr?me Brulee in Brown Egg, Caramel Custard Foam) will...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "There are two floors; try to get a spot on the first floor to catch a glimpse of the kitchen area and chef in action."

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    Mitsuwa Marketplace

    • Neighborhood: Arlington Heights

    A grocery store with some of the best Japanese dishes in town? It's possible if you make the trek just outside of Chicago to Mitsuwa.

    Local Expert Tip: "Their cooler of to-go sushi is the best deal in town."

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    Wasabi, Chicago

    • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
    • Average Main Course Price: $30
    • Neighborhood: Logan Square

    Vegan and vegetarians will rejoice over the Vegan Tan Tan Men (aka Vegan Ramen).

    Local Expert Tip: "Ask for Wasabi's tonkotsu ramen."

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    Japonais mixes traditional flavors and unique ingredients with new and innovative cooking styles. It uses...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "For Japonais sushi, try the Hirame Usuzukuri with Sashimi North Carolina Fluke, spicy radish and house ponzu."

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    Enjoy the outdoor garden while devouring California rolls or some chicken teriyaki with great sake.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the oyster shooters and an Unagi Tower. Props for its Green Tea Martini. "

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    Coast Sushi Bar

    The White Dragon Roll perfectly blends a tiny bit of spicy with a wasabi mayo sauce on top with a sweet/salty shrimp tempura inside.

    Local Expert Tip: "Only the Bucktown location is BYOB. The other spots have a full bar."

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    A great spot for people who want to try sushi for the first time as they have both specialty maki rolls and fully-cooked dishes.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try to mocha ice cream at the end of your meal."



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