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Takkatsu - Arlington Heights

Pugman | Aug 24, 2005 05:41 PM

Takkatsu, a restaurant that specializes in tonkatsu (fried pork cutlets) and other fried meats finally opened in downtown Arlington Heights after many delays in relocating from the North Shore.

Last night I had the special Kurobuta pork (from black Berkshire pigs and sometimes called the pork equivalent of Kobe beef). WOW!!! Quite possibly the best piece of pork I've eaten. It was quite thick for tonkatsu and I was worried that it might be tough...was I ever wrong. Just amazingly juicy/tender and it actually had a flavor compared to standard supermarket pork which just tastes neutral to me.

Service and the non-fried foods need some work (OK a LOT of work), the house-made pickles were a disappointment and my Asian friend grumbled soemthing about the rice being inferior (granted, he just came back from Japan the day before). But, oh man, is that pork ever delicious!! And the tonkatsu sauce that is in a little crock on the table is totally addictive. I ate a whole mountain of cabbage just so I could have more sauce.

If you live nearby, it's worth a visit now. For a destination dinner, give them a bit more time.

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