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Please help me find onigiri in this city!

ladynikon Jun 30, 2009 03:11 PM

And I do mean in the city, as I don't have a car (even though I am seriously thinking about riding public transportation for an hour and a half to get some). I can't even find the pre-packaged kind in the asian grocery stores, and that would even work for me. Help me please!!!

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  1. viafaenza37 RE: ladynikon Jun 30, 2009 03:16 PM

    try Ginza. i was there last night, and pretty sure i saw it on the menu.

    Ginza Restaurant
    19 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

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      ferret RE: viafaenza37 Jul 2, 2009 05:46 AM

      Ditto Ginza. They're a little more down-homey Japanese.

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      ms. chow RE: ladynikon Jul 1, 2009 06:12 AM

      Mitsuwa is probably your best bet in the area. Find a friend with a car and make an excursion out of it. Have fun.

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      1. re: ms. chow
        ladynikon RE: ms. chow Jul 1, 2009 08:28 PM

        Darn it, that's what everyone says, lol, to go to Mitsuwa. Sigh...

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          viafaenza37 RE: ladynikon Jul 1, 2009 10:02 PM

          I didn't...

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        chibri RE: ladynikon Jul 1, 2009 11:14 PM

        I think your best bet would be at Ittou Sushi.
        I don't think there is any on the menu, but they might be accommodating. At least they would know what onigiri is, which is half the battle.
        Good luck!
        Itto Sushi Restaurant
        2616 N. Halsted
        Chicago, IL 60614

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          mountsac RE: ladynikon Jul 2, 2009 06:04 AM

          in the city i would say naniwa. katsu if you have a car. mitsuwa doesn't have made-to-order onigiri, and it's in arlington heights. if you want "toro," many places don't carry it at all times. the one place i've had good luck finding toro recently is "nippon kan" in hoffman estates.

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            ms. chow RE: mountsac Jul 2, 2009 06:41 AM

            I have Naniwa on speed dial. Never knew they have onigiri. Interesting.

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              mountsac RE: ms. chow Jul 2, 2009 09:17 AM

              yea, naniwa has an a la carte sushi menu, from which you can order in the form of sashimi or nigiri. bob-san in wicker park basically has the same menu, but it's farther from the city.

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                ms. chow RE: mountsac Jul 2, 2009 09:26 AM

                Are we talking about the same thing? Onigiri are rice balls that are usually shaped in triangular or round form, may or may not be wrapped in nori, and has some kind of filling inside. It is eaten as a snack. It is different from nigiri, which is sushi.

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                  ferret RE: ms. chow Jul 2, 2009 09:42 AM

                  Yes, rice balls. And Ginza is the only place where I'm reasonably certain it's on the menu.

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                    mountsac RE: ms. chow Jul 2, 2009 12:31 PM

                    sorry i i misunderstood the word. gosh i feel stupid now XD

                    okay naniwa doesn't have it. and yea mitsuwa has it. murasaki sake lounge has a small, crispy version without nori. i think i'v seen it on the menu at kurumaya in schaumburg, but i'm not 100% sure.

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                      ladynikon RE: mountsac Jul 8, 2009 08:41 AM

                      Wow, thanks for all the responses :) I am taking myself to Ginza today for lunch! I looked at their menu on Sunday and yes, they have my rice balls. Thanks!

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