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    Post #1 - February 3rd, 2017, 2:02 pm
    Post #1 - February 3rd, 2017, 2:02 pm Post #1 - February 3rd, 2017, 2:02 pm
    Anyone been yet? Any must try dishes? Any recs for BYOB sake/wine/beer since they have yet to secure the liquor license? I'm heading there tonight. Thanks!

    Kitsune Restaurant and Pub
    4229 N Lincoln Ave
    http://www.kitsunerestaurant.com
  • Post #2 - February 3rd, 2017, 2:22 pm
    Post #2 - February 3rd, 2017, 2:22 pm Post #2 - February 3rd, 2017, 2:22 pm
    daveandrews3 wrote:Anyone been yet? Any must try dishes? Any recs for BYOB sake/wine/beer since they have yet to secure the liquor license? I'm heading there tonight. Thanks!

    Kitsune Restaurant and Pub
    4229 N Lincoln Ave
    http://www.kitsunerestaurant.com


    Stopped in last week and ordered the uni, clams in broth and tonkotsu ramen. The butter/citrus broth that the clams were served in was excellent as was the crusty bread that came on the side. Noodles, pork belly and egg in the ramen were perfectly cooked. The broth, while tasty, wasn't the milky white variety like santouka that I prefer.

    Will definitely be back to try more of the menu.
  • Post #3 - March 17th, 2017, 5:31 pm
    Post #3 - March 17th, 2017, 5:31 pm Post #3 - March 17th, 2017, 5:31 pm
    Seeing Sula's review in the Reader reminded me that I forgot to post regarding my meal here the other week. My dining companion and I quite enjoyed our meal.

    Oysters with rice wine mignonette and flowers
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    Gomae with katsobushi and fresh ginger
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    Wild rice and koji porridge bread, cultured butter with pickles
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    I could eat those pickled vegetables any time.

    chicken dumplings with black sauce
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    Tonkotsu ramen, egg, pork belly, house chili sauce, green onion
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    Friend and I agreed with WhyBeeSea that the broth was a bit...beefier than we prefer, the noodles were among the top in Chicago. I have a big problem with how starchy the noodles tend to be around here, so this was quite nice.

    Okonomiyaki with pickled ginger and katsobushi
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    Another favorite. The last okonomiyaki I had in Chicago was essentially a doughnut, so I awaited this course with bated breath. Happy to report it's a bit more traditional and very tasty.

    Mother and Child
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    Honestly, we probably shouldn't have ordered this course. Not because it was bad (quite the opposite), but we were tapped food wise by this point and a bit imbibed.

    The space is a bit tight, but the food is definitely worthy of a visit.
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  • Post #4 - April 21st, 2017, 11:17 am
    Post #4 - April 21st, 2017, 11:17 am Post #4 - April 21st, 2017, 11:17 am
    Hit Kitsune last night and really, really enjoyed it. Save for a lack of items to choose from (including a ramen-heaving large plates section) and kind of a steep bill for what we had, I'd do it a couple of times a month. We had:

    -- Bread and Pickles, fantastic as described above. I loved the chewy bread and funky butter and our pickles were amazing if sparse. ramps included, along with the same stuff as up thread though different, smaller mushrooms. This is an essential dish here - among other things, the 4 big hunks of bread really fill you up.

    -- Fried smelts, lightly fried and a kewpie mayo dipping sauce. lightly fried, fresh and lively and smelty and delicious. not a value play at $15 but really good.

    -- Gomae - as pictured up thread this is not your mother's gomae, but fantastic and funky and a nice portion size. I would have preferred the chawanmushi with Jonah crab but this actually filled a need in our order and was much better than I anticipated as it's usually a pretty boring dish.

    -- Sashimi (Hamachi) and Carolina gold rice and miso soup. this was the least interesting/successful dish. I didn't think the Carolina gold rice worked well (though combined with hot pot broth made for a nice porridge) and the fish, while perfectly good, was not a remarkable specimen or cut particularly well. The miso soup was memorable, though we each got about 3 tablespoons full in a mug, kind of a palette cleanser portion. It's really concentrated and delicious though - I could have eaten a pint of it.

    -- Vegetable hot pot. This was remarkable - tiny radish, ramps, nettles (I think), bok choy, carrot, mushrooms, squash, etc... perfect assortment for a Chicago Spring with the above-mentioned cheesy tofu and the most amazing broth - richly acidic and vibrant with almost a brothy pesto (with no parm) feel. Pretty remarkable dish.

    2 drinks each including wines for my wife and a perfectly well-executed manhattan and a sour hitachino for me and we were out for $180. Kind of a rich mid-week treat in a very casual atmosphere, but super enjoyable. In terms of ordering notes/regrets, I wish we had done the chicken instead of the sashimi - a neighboring table had it and it looked awesome. 3 varieties of ramen seemed like too much also, for this place. Also, though I'd typically get it without question, I'll do the okonomiaki next time, as I just had a great rendition (in Dallas!) last week and didn't have the itch.
  • Post #5 - April 21st, 2017, 1:29 pm
    Post #5 - April 21st, 2017, 1:29 pm Post #5 - April 21st, 2017, 1:29 pm
    vegetable hot pot dish sounds very cool
  • Post #6 - April 24th, 2017, 1:25 pm
    Post #6 - April 24th, 2017, 1:25 pm Post #6 - April 24th, 2017, 1:25 pm
    We had a very nice meal here last week. I loved the cozy space and service (provided by Ben) could not have been more friendly or helpful.

    Food-wise, the meal was just about flawless. Oysters and Smelts were excellent. The Chawanmushi with radishes and crab was a decadent flavor-bombing showstopper. Even though we split the Tonkotsu ramen 4 ways, the small portion I tried left me wanting more. I also thought the Okonomiyaki was the best expression I've had in Chicago. Delicious house pickles, a turbo-charged miso soup and a bitter greens salad that came with the dry-aged duck (a pre-ordered special that was offered via email) were also excellent. The only hiccup was the duck itself. Unfortunately, it was cooked a bit longer than we would have liked, with only the slightest dot of pink left in the center of the breast meat. So, even though the skin was well-rendered and crispy, and the breast was still moist, the meat itself tasted pretty livery. We ate most of it, left some behind and intentionally didn't mention it at the time because we didn't anyone to make a fuss over it.

    A trio of desserts, one comped by the house, were well-struck, sweet counterpoints to the rest of the meal. Can wait to go back and have a go at a bunch of other items on the menu that looked great but for which we just didn't have room this time around.

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