This supermarket imitation sushi has got to go

ok, I’m writing about food, and specifically about sushi, yet again. Specifically because I had a sushi craving tonight that was not only unfulfilled, but the attempted salvation backfired.
The Jewel location in Highland Park used to make pretty good supermarket sushi. They had a sushi chef onsite, and it seemed like he was always there (like 7 days a week always, which probably wasn’t so much fun for him). They seemed to be doing a pretty good business.
One day, it disappeared, to be replaced with prepackaged, made-days-ago-a-thousand-miles-away “sushi”. Two kinds only, “California” roll (with no cucumber nor avocado) and a shrimp tempura roll. Yuck.
The stated reason for this was “sesame allergy”. Apparently, someone on staff (or a customer?) complained of sesame problems, and OSHA or whomever shut the sushi bar down. This makes no sense to me — there are dozens of other sushi bars in the area, happily using sesame seeds and sesame oil in their sushi, but I digress. The Jewel insisted they would be returning to their regularly scheduled sushi program, but it’s been months, with no change. Other nearby supermarkets offer alternatives — including the great new Garden Fresh Supermarket along the Edens Expressway just south of Lake-Cook Road.
So, instead, I’m stuck. If I go in there, or for that matter, Trader Joe’s, I have to deal with this crappy, tasteless, mushy, imitation sushi. But sometimes, you get so desperate, you’ll take anything that has rice in a black vegetative-like wrap. Which is what happened today — but won’t happen again. Vote to ban fake sushi at Chicago-area supermarkets, vote now!

3 Comments so far

  1. wolfy (unregistered) on July 13th, 2004 @ 11:33 am

    I work two days a week in Highland Park and un derstand that it is a great place for bagels and other kosher things, but hardly the place to go for Japanese food. There are some Chinese restaurants downtown, but nothing Japanese. I guess you need to go to the Deerfield WHole Foods Market!

  2. Ed B (unregistered) on July 14th, 2004 @ 1:07 am

    There are two sushi bars in Highland Park that are pretty good — Maru, which is downtown on Port Clinton Square, and Happi Sushi in Ravinia. Happi Sushi was the best place in town, changed owners and went rapidly down hill. Ravinia location hasn’t ever been able to recover.
    Oysy Sushi (previously blogged) and Dr. Zushi are just over the border into Glencoe/Northbrook, and Kamehachi has a Northbrook location that rocks. So it’s not all a wasteland.
    Deerfield Whole Foods sushi is overpriced for what you get. I give in sometimes anyway.

  3. Pauline (unregistered) on June 10th, 2005 @ 7:53 pm

    Happi Sushi changed owners again and now it’s better than ever. You should give it another try now.

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