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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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  1. 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.

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

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

        Kuni's
        511 Main St.
        Evanston 60202-4540
        847-328-2004

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

        1. 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.

          1. http://www.saicafe.com/
            Sit at the bar, you won't be disappointed.

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            1. re: MahiMahiFish

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

            2. 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

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