Roll With It: The Haute 5 Spicy Tuna Rolls in Chicago

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For being in a landlocked Midwest state, there sure are no shortage of sushi spots in the city (I personally can walk to eight within a five block radius). So how do you know which one to trust your tuna to and where to go when you want to get your roll on?

1 Coast

Some of the freshest fish in town, this Bucktown BYO continues to impress both customers and critics alike, receiving the "Best of Chicago" title from Chicago Magazine and the Zagat award for excellence in 2004. Arguably the best spicy tuna roll in the city.

2045 N. Damen Ave


2 Usagi ya

Meaning “rabbit house” in Japanese, this Wicker Park hidden gem boasts an extensive menu  of over 40 maki and specialty rolls using a traditional old-world style of preparation  with a contemporary twist. The off-the-menu Snowball is to die for, super white tuna over small rice balls topped with white truffle sauce and scallions.

1178 N. Milwaukee Ave


3 Mirai

The sister restaurant to celeb-infested and scenester Japonais, Mirai offers the same delicious specialty rolls (hello Spicy Mono) with a more intimate atmosphere.

2020 W. Division


4 Sushi Wabi

Wabi translates to the "quiet of tranquil" with a strong connotation on refined simplicity. This refers to the sensual and spiritual magnetic appeal in the music, the room design, the lighting, the service, and in the artfully prepared sushi.

842 W. Randolph


5 Rise Sushi & Sake Lounge

Contemporary and minimalist, this swanky Southport spot is consistently freshly predictable.  Round out a great meal with one of their famed saketinis.

3401 N Southport Ave

773. 360.2752

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