Top Secret Sushi

I work in a veritable no man’s land when it comes to food. Within walking distance we have such outstandingly sucktackular choices as Arby’s, Emerald Isle, Piccolo, and Wolfy’s. So, if we find ourselves with no mode of transportation and the intense desire to leave the office for lunch, we are basically SOL. They were retarring the roof our our building yesterday, so the entire production side of the studio stank like a bubbling cauldron of hell because of the skylights. We ran away in search of fresh air and some magical place within walking distance to eat. Boy, did we find it.

Just a couple blocks down, we ran into Tampopo on Lincoln. This tiny little sushi house is totally unassuming both inside and out. But the food was remarkable. The edamame was a perfect combination of firm and squishy. The tempura was ginormous. And the dragon roll! OH, the dragon roll!

Not only was the food terrific, but so were the prices and service. If you ever find yourself way up on the north side, this is definitely worth checking out. Even if you never make it up to this neck of the woods, the trip will be well worth it.

3 Comments so far

  1. tankboy (unregistered) on August 4th, 2005 @ 5:18 pm

    Don’t you be dissin’ on Arby’s!

  2. eatchicago (unregistered) on August 4th, 2005 @ 8:48 pm


    I’m glad you found Tampopo. It’s an excellent little place, but I do find the cooked food to be significantly better than the sushi.

    You should also check out Renga-Tei at the corner of Touhy and Crawford (Pulaski) not too far from Tampopo. It’s currently my favorite of all the moderately-priced Japanese restaurants. Everything I’ve eaten there has been excellent.

  3. steven (unregistered) on August 5th, 2005 @ 7:34 am

    Arby’s….man do I miss those Giants and Supers. Sucked as a job though, especially when they accused me of stealing and made me take a lie detector test. Good times, good times.

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