How to choose a local, award-winning restaurant near you
I’m not exactly a big fan of chains, and I know there are a lot of restaurants in your area that are doing fine.
But I’ve found some great local restaurants to check out while on a trip.
Here are the 10 best restaurants in the Chicago area that offer authentic Japanese food, local beer, and fun with friends.1.
Tokyo Grill (Akasaka, Tokyo)Japanese-style sushi is still the way to go in Tokyo, but the cuisine here has evolved.
Tokyo’s Tokyo Grill, a casual dining establishment, has become a staple for locals, and you can pick up a large plate of sushi at this gem of a spot in the heart of the city.
The menu offers both classic and new sushi and Japanese-style sashimi dishes.2.
Shinjuku Shinjuu (Tokyo)If you like to grab a drink and have a good time, Shinju-san is a place you should stop by.
Located in the same building as Shinjunkai (which is where many bars and restaurants are located), this trendy and lively bar offers cocktails, Japanese craft beer, Japanese-inspired cuisine, and lots of local Japanese food.3.
Nobu restaurant (Tokai)The menu at Nobu offers the best sushi around and a variety of Japanese food from the comfort of your own home.
If you’re looking for a new place to sit and enjoy Japanese food without being seen by your fellow diners, this is the place to go.4.
Tokyo Pizza (Tokushima, Tokyo, Kanagawa Prefecture)This pizza joint is popular among Tokyoites because of the food, and it offers authentic Japanese style pizzas.
I love their signature pizzas, which feature fresh, soft-shell crab and squid crusts and an authentic sauce.5.
Nobuo (Akita, Tokyo)(Matsuo)The Matsuo family owns Nobuo in Tokyo.
They make an excellent selection of sushi, which are cooked in-house, and a wide selection of Japanese craft beers and spirits.
If the Matsuos don’t have what you’re after, they can also make it up on the menu with other delicious Japanese foods.6.
Shinju Shun (Tokyu, Japan)Shinju Shunchu is one of the most popular sushi restaurants in Tokyo and it’s been doing it for decades.
The Japanese-themed restaurant features an expansive sushi menu with different types of sushi and a selection of delicious and affordable local and international dishes.
It also has a Japanese-styled bar that offers a great view of the sushi.7.
Shizuoka Kogyo (Tokuyasu, Tokyo/Saitama Prefecture)(Nanjosu)Nanjinosu is a traditional sushi restaurant in the center of Tokyo.
The owner, Nagisato Nakajima, uses traditional Japanese techniques to cook traditional sushi, including using fresh ingredients and keeping the temperature as low as possible.
The restaurant is also known for their authentic Japanese cuisine.8.
Natsume (Tokoyoshi, Tokyo)–Tokyo Natsumes is a great place to grab lunch or dinner.
They offer a great selection of food, from traditional Japanese sushi to Japanese-influenced sushi.9.
Nankai Dori (Tokuo, Japan)–Nankai is a popular place to visit for Tokyo locals.
Nankingai is located in the city’s old district, which is filled with restaurants and boutiques.
If your in the area, you can check out Nankariya, a Japanese restaurant located at the entrance to the old district.10.
Shin-Matsu (Tokunoshima, Tokyo)-This Japanese restaurant offers a full-service lunch and dinner menu with many Japanese food items.
You can order traditional sushi or a variety that include sushi rolls and more.11.
Kyoto Garden (Kobe, Kyoto, Japan)/Shinmais (Shiraishi, Tokyo)*If you’re visiting Kyoto, this Japanese restaurant can be a great option for a quick bite to eat.
It is a very popular restaurant with locals, so you can definitely find a place to stop for lunch or a drink.12.
Nishi (Tokayama, Tokyo)/Nishi (Shinmaishi, Kobe)*If it’s cold outside, you might want to check this Japanese-owned restaurant out for a good lunch or late-night dinner.
The staff will warm you up for a tasty meal.13.
Tokyo Market (Shibuya, Tokyo*)*The Tokyo Market is a good place to shop for Japanese-grown produce.
You’ll find Japanese vegetables and produce in the fresh market market.14.
Tokyo Garden (Nanjing, Tokyo).
Tokya Garden is an iconic Japanese restaurant that serves delicious, quality Japanese food and offers delicious, affordable sushi.
It’s a popular spot for visiting Tokyo for lunch and a place for dinner.15. Kyoto