Most people think of sushi when they think of Japanese food, and that is a main staple of many Japanese restaurant menus. But there's also 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. Those who want more traditional Japanese fare will like off-the-beaten-path places like Sankyu and Katsu.
New on the scene is Momotaro, serving upscale gourmet Japanese foods. Craving sushi rolls? Chicago has it well covered with places like Coast. Or if you want to browse a food court filled with Japanese food, drive out to northwest suburban Arlington Heights, where the Mitsuwa market - the closest thing to a Japanese mall in America, has several restaurants plus grab-and-go choices. The market also has a huge grocery store filled with imported and hard-to-get Japanese delicacies, including two aisles full of Japanese candy.