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My family and I will be in Chicago over the thanksgiving holiday. We want to go to an outstanding and hopefully innovative sushi restaurant as several family members live in remote places without decent sushi. A friend recommended Katsu but I was interested in other options as well.

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  1. Katsu is really good. I also like Meiji. It's more elegant, yet some items are less expensive than Katsu. That said, we recently had an excellent meal at Katsu - super fresh fish and great (though pricey) appetizers. On the other hand, you can pre-order a wonderful Kaiseki meal at Meiji - I don't know of another Chicago Japanese restaurant that offers anything like that.

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    1. re: Akatonbo

      Mizu and Chiyo also serve seasonal kaiseki dinners, and with more success and authenticity than Meiji IMO.

      1. re: mountsac

        Chiyo closed earlier this year. Galapagos moved into the space after a fire at their former Irving Park Road location.

    2. Katsu is my favorite sushi restaurant in the city. But it is traditional and authentic, rather than innovative. If you are looking for something unconventional, you might want to go to one of those American fusion sushi places, such as Macku Sushi.

      1. check out Macku - on Clybourn Ave on western edges of Lincoln Park.
        Very innovative with many exciting options! Very different from typical japanese restaurants!
        Also very fresh....i've been many times in the short time they've been opened and each time our experience confirms why we keep going back!!