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    Post #1 - April 15th, 2018, 8:33 pm
    Post #1 - April 15th, 2018, 8:33 pm Post #1 - April 15th, 2018, 8:33 pm
    It's my husband's birthday tomorrow, and he's always wanted to get fancy tuna and try the different types...so! Looking for a good sample to try Toro, O-toro and Chutoro....any great recommendations? Where is the best fresh fish in the city?
  • Post #2 - April 15th, 2018, 8:58 pm
    Post #2 - April 15th, 2018, 8:58 pm Post #2 - April 15th, 2018, 8:58 pm
    Which neighborhood(s)?
  • Post #3 - April 15th, 2018, 11:28 pm
    Post #3 - April 15th, 2018, 11:28 pm Post #3 - April 15th, 2018, 11:28 pm
    I'd be wary of trying to accomplish this on a Monday but if it were me, just based on outright quality, I'd opt for Momotaro, where the fish quality is excellent but the cost is high or Kai Zan, which is a bit less expensive but where the fish quality is still high. However, Kai Zan is closed on Mondays. Some people really like Kuni in Evanston because of the traditional feel of the place but I generally consider the quality of their fish second tier.

    It's times like this that Katsu is sorely missed, though I'm almost certain they were closed on Mondays, too.

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    Momotaro
    820 W Lake St
    Chicago, IL 60607
    (312) 733-4818

    Kai Zan
    2557 W Chicago Ave
    Chicago, IL 60622
    (773) 278-5776

    Kuni
    511 Main St
    Evanston, IL 60202
    (847) 328-2004
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  • Post #4 - April 15th, 2018, 11:40 pm
    Post #4 - April 15th, 2018, 11:40 pm Post #4 - April 15th, 2018, 11:40 pm
    I second kai zan with the caveat that they often don't have a selection of toro but just have one type. That one type of toro is of course amazing .
  • Post #5 - April 15th, 2018, 11:47 pm
    Post #5 - April 15th, 2018, 11:47 pm Post #5 - April 15th, 2018, 11:47 pm
    ronnie_suburban wrote:It's times like this that Katsu is sorely missed, though I'm almost certain they were closed on Mondays, too.
    And Tuesday which, of course, is moot.

    I'd toss Ora, which are open Mondays, into the mix. I'd call first as Ora does not always have toro though, when they do, its first rate. Ora occasionally has O-toro and Chutoro or flights of Akami, O-toro and Chutoro.

    Also GNR Renga-Tei, open Monday's, occasionally has toro, call first.

    Ora Sushi
    5143 N Clark St
    Chicago IL 60640
    773-506-2978

    Renga-Tei
    3956 W Touhy Ave
    Lincolnwood, IL 60712
    847-675-5177
    Last edited by G Wiv on April 16th, 2018, 7:16 am, edited 1 time in total.
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  • Post #6 - April 16th, 2018, 3:04 am
    Post #6 - April 16th, 2018, 3:04 am Post #6 - April 16th, 2018, 3:04 am
    Caveat being closed Mondays, but Juno in Lincoln Park almost always has a couple kinds (it's my understanding that Otoro is just the literal spelling for fatty tuna, aka Toro).

    Another promising newer option (of course closed Mondays too) is Raisu on/in Irving Park, if that is a preferable location. Scant info here, but Sula reviewed for the Reader.

    Juno
    2638 N Lincoln Ave
    (773)935-2000

    Raisu Japanese Fine Dining
    2958 W Irving Park Rd
    (773)961-7299
  • Post #7 - April 16th, 2018, 10:29 am
    Post #7 - April 16th, 2018, 10:29 am Post #7 - April 16th, 2018, 10:29 am
    I can second that Raisu has a selection of toro as I had the toro flight as part of my first omakase there, but they are now closed on Mondays.
  • Post #8 - April 16th, 2018, 11:42 am
    Post #8 - April 16th, 2018, 11:42 am Post #8 - April 16th, 2018, 11:42 am
    chunker wrote:Which neighborhood(s)?


    We'll happily go anywhere!
  • Post #9 - April 16th, 2018, 11:43 am
    Post #9 - April 16th, 2018, 11:43 am Post #9 - April 16th, 2018, 11:43 am
    This is so helpful! Thank you!!!!

    ronnie_suburban wrote:I'd be wary of trying to accomplish this on a Monday but if it were me, just based on outright quality, I'd opt for Momotaro, where the fish quality is excellent but the cost is high or Kai Zan, which is a bit less expensive but where the fish quality is still high. However, Kai Zan is closed on Mondays. Some people really like Kuni in Evanston because of the traditional feel of the place but I generally consider the quality of their fish second tier.

    It's times like this that Katsu is sorely missed, though I'm almost certain they were closed on Mondays, too.

    =R=

    Momotaro
    820 W Lake St
    Chicago, IL 60607
    (312) 733-4818

    Kai Zan
    2557 W Chicago Ave
    Chicago, IL 60622
    (773) 278-5776

    Kuni
    511 Main St
    Evanston, IL 60202
    (847) 328-2004
  • Post #10 - April 16th, 2018, 11:43 am
    Post #10 - April 16th, 2018, 11:43 am Post #10 - April 16th, 2018, 11:43 am
    Good to know! Thank you! Maybe we'll bump it back a day!
    lodasi wrote:I can second that Raisu has a selection of toro as I had the toro flight as part of my first omakase there, but they are now closed on Mondays.

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