Cocoro

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Cocoro
River North

Everyone in this place is Japanese, and the menu, which includes a separate list of appetizers written in English and Japanese, offers some dishes you’ve probably never heard of. In other words, authenticity abounds, found in dishes such as the street-food snack takoyaki, lightly battered balls of octopus, and the eel seiro, a bamboo steam basket layered with melt-in-your-mouth barbecued eel over earthy mushrooms, wispy egg noodles and rice—possibly the best Japanese dish you’ve never had. An impressive sake list makes lingering even nicer.

Venue name: Cocoro
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Address: 668 N Wells St
Chicago

Cross street: between Erie and Huron Sts
Opening hours: Lunch (Mon–Fri), dinner (closed Sun)
Transport: El stop: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Chicago. Bus: 11, 66.
Price: Average main course: $20
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