Chicago >Yusho Restaurant
Love this spot - fantastic small plates like chicken wings and pork jowl combine with excellent cocktails for a stellar dining experience.
Chef Matthias Merges has created an amazing Japanese small plates restaurant. Get the oysters and save room for dessert.
Brought to you by a Charlie Trotter alum, this is one of the most innovative and fun new restaurants on the (slightly off the beaten track) block.
Sheer perfection. Try the grilled tofu, soba noodles, and mochi for dessert. The daily draft cocktail is fun and affordable. Good pick for vegetarians.
Japanese street food from a fine dining vet. Charlie Trotter's vet Matthias Merges' Japanese street food eaterys a destination for sure in quiet Avondale, but the refined food, inventive cocktails and sake make it worth the trip. Think delicate sea urchin atop crispy rice cakes, tender soft shelled crab in miso broth, and super crisp twice-fried chicken (a more generous plate than most for sharing).
A truly fresh take on the Japanese izakaya. Tasty grilled seafood & veg, beautiful space, and superb drinks. Try: oyster, leeks, soft serve
A casual dining spot from one of Chicago's finest chefs. This casual Yakitori-inspired restaurant is a great neighborhood joint with some of the finest food in Chicago. Off the beaten path, Chef Matthias Merges (the former executive chef at Charlie Trotter's) opened this hotspot serving unique combinations in small portions for diners to get a taste of his favorite cuisine. The space was designed by his architect wife and echoes the relaxed menu.
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