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Roka Akor

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This Phoenix import turns the traditional steakhouse on its side with an Asian slant, a sexed-up crowd and a menu bookended by sushi and Wagyu grilled over Japanese binchotan charcoal. Sushi is fine, but you can get that anywhere. Focus instead on signatures: grilled chicken wings with salt and lime for doctoring, charred tomatoes and eggplant in soy vinaigrette, crispy miso-glazed rice cake studded with mushrooms. Like the stellar shochu and sake selection, Wagyu offerings are costly, but they do deliver.

Venue name: Roka Akor
Address: 111 W Illinois St
Chicago

Cross street: between LaSalle Dr and Clark St
Venue phone: 312-477-7652
Website: http://rokaakor.com
Opening hours: Brunch (Sun), Lunch (Mon–Fri), Dinner
Transport: El stop: Red to Grand. Bus: 11, 22, 65, 156.
Price: Average main course: $38
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