My family's contemplating relocating from SF Bay area (grad school) to the mid-west, but am having difficulty assessing options for Japanese dining -- can knowledgeable chowhounds weigh in, please?
Since Chicago suburbs (Arlington Heights, IL) is the only place with a Japanese market (Mitsuwa) in the Mid-West, I realize there will be limited number of Japanese nationals and/or Japanese-Americans compared to, say, LA, OC, NY-metro. (No izakaya or hand-made udon, I know.) But I think I'd be happy with a few authentic places serving home style meals and sushi when I don't feel like cooking....
Cities under consideration are as follows (in current order of preference):
Lake Forest, IL (Chicago metro)
Detroit metro (Ann Arbor or Royal Oak)
Thank you, in advance, for your help!
Palo Alto, CA