The capital of the Midwest packs a punch when it comes to sushi, enjoy the colors as we recommend some of our favorite places for maki, sashimi, & beautiful rolls…
Let’s begin with a tasty local option in Kabuki Japanese Restaurant. A 5 minute walk from the hostel (2473 N. Clark St.) this place serves imaginative maki that leaves your taste buds begging for more. In addition, their tempura (seafood and/or vegetables in a fried batter) proves to be a warm delight on a chilly autumn evening. Enjoy with some of their signature sake (traditional Japanese warm wine made from rice). Average maki: $8.
One of the smaller restaurants, but one of the best sushi spots in the entire city, Seadog is a master of the genre of rolled seafood. Their trademark maki is outstanding: the triple S blends sweet potato and a crunch out of this world, the sea monster borders an almost dessert-like sweetness. This place is located in vibrant Wicker Park at 1500 W Division St., BYOB. Averge maki: $9.
A family run joint that is cost efficient and very vegetarian friendly (teriyaki grilled tofu steak & spinach in bonito sauce is a crowd favorite), Cafe Furaibo stands as a cozy establishment serving excellent sushi, green tea ice cream, & pan fried pork dumplings. Hit this place up in our neighboring hood of Lakeview (2907 N. Lincoln Ave). Average maki: $7.
The reviews speak for themselves: “This place knows how to exploit sushi’s sex appeal while maintaining a low-key vibe. Curvaceous morsels of tuna, yellowtail, salmon and more are served in a sultry dining room full of slick minimalist furniture and tableware.” Who says the midwestern states don’t get quality seafood? Coast does, and displays it perfectly, we recommend this place for an intimate date night or just a great casual dinner with friends at 2045 N. Damn Ave. Average maki: $8.
Blending the minimalist style of hip Japanese decor with some really creative menu choices, Sushi X proves to be another winner in the ethnic restaurant market. Items like their honey roll tempura tuna with a mustard & honey glaze, and or the deliciously spicy wasabi mashed potatoes make this place more than worth your while. Take a trip to River West ( 1136 W Chicago Ave). Average maki: $10