Best Sushi Spots in Chicago

Best Sushi Spots in Chicago

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It doesn't matter how far we are from the coasts (FYI, we're actually pretty far) -- there's still a shload of quality Chicago sushi options. Here are the best of those.

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    The signature “smoked” sashimi are elegant bites of fish served under a smoked glass dome, while the omakase or chef’s choice of sashimi/nigiri are always a safe bet.
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    You can’t go wrong with classics like super-white tuna, but you ALSO can't go wrong with the more complex offerings like the Godzilla Roll (shrimp tempura, eel, avocado, cucumber).
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    The Spicy Mono Roll is a crowd pleaser -- spicy octopus topped with spicy tuna and sweet unagi sauce -- as is the artful fish tank backing the sushi bar. You’ll see (and taste) why it’s the go-to spot for many critics, when the sushi shows up.
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    The beautifully plated mebachi sashimi (big eye tuna, pickled onions, burdock root, chives, truffle oil, soy) is a favorite, showing off the type of inspired combinations that are possible with just a few ingredients and quality fish.
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    Lauded for its high-quality, melt-in-your-mouth raw selections, the sushi keep things simple and straightforward with options such as spicy octopus, salmon, and a Katsu Maki Roll (tuna, yellowtail, masago, king crab, avocado, cucumber).
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    You’ll want to try the jumbo Pot River Roll, packed with tuna, super-white tuna, salmon, avocado, cucumber, and, weirdly, no actual river of pot.
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    Make sure you get there early, and prepare to pick up some alcohol while you wait, 'cause the crowds always pack the small spot and they've got a BYOB policy!
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    B. K. Park put himself and Arami on the map before leaving to start his own restaurant, but the sushi hasn’t skipped a beat. Start with an uni shooter before trying the hamachi maguro maki.
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    Despite its status as a relative newcomer, Kai Zan has already made a name for itself. Twin brothers Melvin and Carlo Vizconde -- veterans of the Chicago sushi scene -- are putting their own twists on sushi with signature rolls like the Orange Rush.
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