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Simple Sushi!

chicagofatty Jul 5, 2007 03:28 PM

Does anyone know of a sushi restaurant in chicago (any area) that serves simple, traditional sushi without the house music and nobu-wannabe appetizers, etc? Don't get me wrong, I love creative mango ceviche-style dishes too, but I'm dying for a place that is basic and great quality. I used to live in Dallas, and I seemed to know a ton of places that were not horribly expensive, and everyone eating there was Japanese. Any ideas?

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    tastytown Jul 5, 2007 03:36 PM

    I haven't had their sushi, but SUSHI KUSHI-TOYO (825 S. Waukeegan Rd) in Lake Forest has plenty of Japanese people in it, is reasonably priced, and has pretty good food, too. Though if you're going to go that route, the tempura appetizer is much, much better than its dinner-portioned equivalent.

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      NDJ Jul 6, 2007 06:00 AM

      Definitely hit Katsu on Peterson. By far the highest quality, most simple sushi I've found.

      1. leek Jul 6, 2007 06:27 AM

        Kuni's in Evanston - wonderful, fresh, simple - none of those toasted cream cheese maki.

        511 Main St.
        Evanston 60202-4540

        Kuni's Japanese Restaurant
        511 Main St Ste A, Evanston, IL 60202

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          SuzMiCo Jul 6, 2007 12:05 PM

          Kamehachi (many locations, although I only go to the one on Wells St.) has simple sushi, done reasonably well. I think of it as a good neighborhood sushi restaurant. It is also pretty reasonably priced.

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            MahiMahiFish Jul 6, 2007 04:29 PM

            Sit at the bar, you won't be disappointed.

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            1. re: MahiMahiFish
              doublesuited77 Jul 7, 2007 02:02 PM

              BobSan and Naniwa are the best pure sushi places without the pretension.

            2. weinstein5 Jul 8, 2007 09:23 AM

              I agree with the other recs for Kamehachi (http://www.kamehachi.com/) and Kuni's - I would also add Akai Hana (http://www.akaihanasushi.com/html/def...) in Wilmette also very good

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                chicagofatty Jul 9, 2007 06:24 PM

                Thanks for all of the suggestions. I'm definitely going to hit one this weekend.

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