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Sushi Toro in Lincoln Park

Leslie | Nov 30, 200509:21 AM

Went for the second time to Sushi Toro (2546 N. Clark St.) right before Thanksgiving, and wholeheartedly recommend this neighborhood sushi joint. While I have to admit up front that I have been a fan of sushi chef Mitch and his wife (front of the house) Jenny for the past 3 years since they worked at Sushi-O-Sushi at Clark and Armitage, they now own their own place. The sushi is very fresh and the fish slices are much larger than standard, esp. for the price. And the pages upon pages of maki roll creations are a treat.

Often, we let Mitch make what's good that day and don't even order off the menu, but last week Jenny suggested we try the homemade shrimp and veggie gyoza served in a light ponzu broth (great--perfectly pan-fried crispy on the outside and smoky tasting on the inside), a plate of sushi (don't miss the superwhite tuna), and several rolls, including a salad roll made with tuna, organic lettuce, mango and sunflower seeds in rice paper. Also, ask Jenny if she has any of her homemade kimchee in back, but beware it's very garlicky. She'll ask if you are planning to go out after dinner--if your answer is yes, she may not let you have any for fear of the garlic that will come out of your pores!

Mitch and Jenny take a great amount of pride in their work and make you feel right at home. The two times we have been recently, we've met Mitch and Jenny's son (doing homework on a Sat. afternoon), and Jenny's family (a pre-Thanksgiving sushi meal). And, once you are a regular, Mitch may create new rolls just for you and name them after you in the menu!

We have tried lots of sushi places in the city and keep coming back to Mitch for the best fish and the friendliest atmosphere. There's no pretense here and this isn't a place to see and be seen, just pride in really good product.

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