Shiso

River North

Don’t let its tiny size and proximity to the medicore spots along this strip of Old Town fool you—this BYOB sushi spot offers plenty of creative gems. Munch on crispy salt-and-pepper calamari and silky spinach (goma ae) appetizers while perusing the massive maki list. Or just take our advice and go for the Volcano. Tiny tobiko and smelt roe add briny pop, tempura lends crunch, spicy mayo brings the heat, and cool hamachi and escolar smooth out the edges.

Venue name: Shiso
Contact:
Address: 449 W North Ave
Chicago

Cross street: between Cleveland and Hudson Aves
Opening hours: Lunch, dinner
Transport: El stop: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Sedgwick. Bus: 9, 11, 22, 72.
Price: Average maki: $7
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