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Jan 25, 2009 08:34 PM

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%.