Well, not hot, that wouldn’t really be sushi, would it? Chicago, despite not being on the coast, has a vibrant sushi scene, and our friends over at Eater put together a list of the eight hottest spots to get your sushi fix.
MOMOTARO – 820 W Lake St.
West Loop’s Momotaro boasts 111,500 sqft of space, and provides the full Japanese experience – sushi bar, izakaya bar, and a robata grill. Offerings include the FU roll, with toro, king crab, uni, and A5 wagyu beef. The chef’s choice omakase runs $50 – this is not a cheap date – but it is some of the best sushi in the city.
JUNO SUSHI CHICAGO – 2638 N Lincoln Ave.
Back from the ashes – literally this time – Juno is back in full form, and as good as ever. BK Park keeps the kitchen humming, and is the mind behind the smoked sashimi, served on a a circular wooden platter covered by a glass dome, which holds in a healthy dose of applewood smoke. When the dome is removed, the smoky scent fills the entire dining room as if someone had just lit a campfire.
JAPONAIS by MORIMOTO – 600 W Chicago Ave.
Famed Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto lends his name to this River North hot spot, and had a hand in revamping the menu while the restaurant was remodeled last year. This brought the menu in line with the fusion aesthetic of his other restaurants. Not for the faint of heart, omakase options can hit $160.
TANOSHII – 720 W Randolph St.
With a moniker like ‘Sushi Mike’, your career path is set. And Mike Ham embraced that destiny, opening Tanoshii in the West Loop and Andersonville, featuring novel takes on both sushi and Western foods with a tuna tartare ‘Fish & Chips’ starter, the Sushi Mike’s Special, and other nontraditional rolls found nowhere else.
MIKU SUSHI – 4514 N Lincoln Ave.
Miku has taken the place of Tank Sushi, and for fans of the former Lincoln Park mainstay, this is good news indeed. Run by former employees at Tank, Miku has chosen to take a new and signature approach to their food. The Miku maki is a great example, made with unagi, cream cheese, avocado, foie gras, jalapeno, and soy sauce.
SUSHI TOKORO – 4750 N Western Ave.
Another Lincoln Square sushi restaurant, Tokoro may offer the best bang for your sushi buck. For $21.95, you can score their all-you-can-eat dinner, and spend your evening feasting on mountains of fish and rice.
EAST ASIAN BISTRO – 8 E Van Buren
Situated in the DePaul Loop campus (DePaul Center), East Asian Bistro is a great spot for a fast lunch from the same crew that brings you Hot Woks Cool Sushi. The beef bento is my personal favorite – and won’t break even a college student’s budget. Try the signature maki rolls, like the Edmame Smoked Salmon and Cucumber Quiona.
MIRAI SUSHI – 990 Mies van der Rohe Way
Popular in Wicker Park, Mirai recently opened a Gold Coast location after the closing of Masaki. The menu features the long-time favories like the Spicy Mono roll, made with spicy octopus topped with tuna tartare and sweet unagi sauce. And if the layout of their website is any clue, a third location is being planned.