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Sushi Grade Fish???

I want to try my hand at making my own sushi. Where could I find good quality sushi grade fish in the city? I live in Lakeview so the closer the better. Thank you.

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  1. sounds very risky. i've heard that these fish spend weeks on ice, giving parasites and worms plenty of time to flourish in their insides

    1. Dirk's on Clybourn & Armitage or the Fish Guy on Elston near Montrose come to mind. If you venture out to the suburbs, Mitsuwa in Arlington Heights has an excellent selection (it's a large Japanese grocery with an excellent variety of make-at-home sushi products). Not sure whether the other poster is joking or not, but pretty much all fish used for sushi is flash-frozen to kill parasites. The risks you run are with vendors that "dabble" in product. Go to a fishmonger that does a steady volume and has a good reputation (my two recommendations, for example) and your risks are negligible.

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      1. re: ferret

        One other thing:

        Fish Guy has a monthly sushi instruction class. It's $75/person (sometimes they'll cut a discount for 2 if they don't look like they'll fill up) but you also get to eat the sushi.


        1. re: ferret

          I second the Fish Guy recommendation, although it's a bit of a pain to get to traffic wise.

          Everyone who works there is very knowledgable and friendly, and the prices are more than fair. I once stopped there with a friend to pick up something, and we ended up gorging ourselves on the diver scallops sliced as sashimi and eaten raw. So good.

      2. I get sashimi or make my own sushi from Dirk's at least 3 times per month and never a problem- tuna, salmon, scallops, kona kampachi, red snapper and white tuna (escolar). Great selection, knowledge and quality fish.

        1. I would go to the places recommended in previous discussions here about where to find the best fresh fish:


          1. One last thing about Fish Guy, they have a $10 Tuesday deal where much of their product is discounted to $10 (used to be all) and the remainder is discounted 10%.

            1. What about Sea Ranch in Evanston? You can hop on the L to get there... Red Line to Purple Line and get off at Dempster.

              The address is: 518 Dempster

              They also have a location in Wilmette. They have sushi grade filets - salmon, yellowtail, tuna, white tuna, etc... they also will make sushi for you there on the spot.

              1. Dirk's service is great and is closer
                Sea Ranch has a better selection - uni ikura and all the good weird stuff you want when eating sushi - and definitely turns out a lot of product. Priced well too. I'm more familiar with the Sea Ranch just east of 94 on the south side of Lake Avenue in Wilmette. They also have a sister grocery store across the parking lot supplying a good selection of Japaneses foodstuffs.

                1. H-mart in Niles, IL (close to city)

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                  1. re: JetGel

                    I haven't found good sushi-grade fish at H-Mart. Just decent fish for cooking. At one point they had a special little kiosk for sashimi-type fish but what was on it looked awful.

                  2. You should also try to get out to Mistuwa Marketplace in Arlington Heights...EVERYTHING you will ever need in order to make maki, including sushi-grade whatever you want.

                    1. sea ranch is a wonderful place...really good quality fish.
                      have not been to the fish guy yet.

                      1. Many Whole Foods sushi counters have saku blocks of the basics: Tuna, Salmon, yellowtail...