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?
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.
Kuni's in Evanston - wonderful, fresh, simple - none of those toasted cream cheese maki.
511 Main St.
Kuni's Japanese Restaurant
511 Main St Ste A, Evanston, IL 60202
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.