Need help with a Chicago sushi pick....
....I'm planning a dinner for friends in Chicago and looking for help on best sushi for a group of four to six. When we lived in Chicago we loved Kamehachi and Sushi Wabi. Based upon reading the posts - Mirai, Rise and Coast sound really good as well. Any thoughts on differences - we are pretty much all about the fish.
I think Mirai consistently seemed to rank near #1. My only issue with that was I felt it was a little sceney when we used to eat there (I lived in Chicago about seven years ago). We're in our 40s so we're not exactly the geritol set but don't want to feel like senior citizens at a nightclub of 20somethings as well. Thanks
If you're in it for the fish, go with Mirai (I've always felt that the downstairs is way less of a scene than the upper level). Rise is pretty unimpressive (same owners as Shine, same mediocre quality fish). Haven't been to Coast.
If you can trek a bit (probably need a car), Katsu is also excellent.
2649 W Peterson Ave
Sushi Wabi is still right up there, despite all these years being one of the pioneers on the Randolph row. Try Oysy. It is definitely less scenester than Mirai or Sushi Wabi. 2 locations, one on South Michigan close to the Blackstone, another on North Bridge by Nordstrom. The food is very solid, and they also have excellent izagaya items (hot tapas for lack of a better translation).
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Question on Oysy....do they have one or multiple locations? I see notes on the web about Oakbrook and River North, but website only seems to show South Loop. It looks interesting (concerned about the "chain" thing if there are multiple locations). I found out our friends we're having dinner with live in West Loop so likely thinking Sushi Wabi or Oysy for convenience.
These would be my top recommendations:
Coast on Damen in Bucktown -- lots of 20- and 30-somethings, reasonable prices and good rolls BYO
Hachi's Kitchen on California in Logan Square (surprised no one else has mentioned it) Don't miss the Ahi Poke and the Tako Sansai.
Kamehachi is good, basic, fresh sushi, but not in my mind a standout.
I haven't tried Oysy, but I've heard good things.
FWIW: I like Hachi and Mirai way better than Coast...but a lot of people love Coast. Bob San is good, too.
Kaze Sushi is mentioned on nsxtasy's link. It definitely is interesting and unique. The chef makes different toppings for the sushi. It's not for purists, but it's something nobody else seems to be doing.