By Rachel Azark
You either love it or you hate it. But for those of you who love it, you just know when you eat good sushi. It’s tasty and the seafood is fresh. Here are a few places around Chicago that I think offer good sushi. The city is loaded with sushi restaurants, and everyone has their favorite, so share with us in the comments section what yours is.
50 E. Grand Ave.
(One other location)
I have a special spot in my heart for Oysy as it’s the one place I go during my work conference every February to get food one night. The staff is friendly, the sushi is reasonably priced and the food is very good. You can stuff yourself for not a lot of money. They will deliver to you, or you can just wait and order out. It’s also a good place to go for lunch because they have a great lunch special for only $13 that includes about 6 different dishes.
4514 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
Located in Lincoln Square, Tank is serving up good sushi. Sit at the bar to watch them work their art, or try one of their back booths, which are good for small groups and offers a little privacy. While I think their drinks are slightly overpriced at $10, they are tasty. Also, they offer “big plates” great for your friends who want to tag along for dinner but don’t enjoy eating sushi. In addition, as a special they offer half-price select maki rolls daily during certain hours.
2045 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
(two other locations)
Coast opened in 2003 and has been serving their customers top quality sushi ever since. An extra bonus is that it’s BYOB. Let’s hear it for bringing your own alcohol to a dinner out! Try a Sunrise maki made of ginger seared tuna, mint and wrapped with mango or for something very different, a smoking pumpkin maki, which is made of Japanese pumpkin tempura topped with seared smoked salmon, mayo and masago. Their prices run pretty reasonable.
504 N. Wells
Chicago, IL 60654
SushiSamba is a unique blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine, music and design. The restaurant first opened in New York City and has since opened a location in Chicago. Be adventurous and try dishes like Wagyu Gyoza, kabocha puree and su-shoyu dipping sauce or Sawagan, flash fried Japanese river crabs. They also do take-out and delivery if you feel like having a night in. SushiSamba also caters to those who are gluten free and vegan.
4712 N. Broadway Street
Chicago, IL 60640
A favorite for concertgoers, Agami is located in the Uptown neighborhood. They have an underwater-themed interior complete with textured walls, seaweed sculptures and underwater video productions. They offer a few specials, which include blue point oysters, scalloping hamachi, a crazy salmon maniac! roll and an exotic bomba for dessert. They even offer a few $20 bottles of wine.