A sibling to Sushi Kushi, this spot specializes in steak, seafood, barbecue and sushi. Peruse the barbecue selections such as boneless short ribs, skirt steak and garlic shrimp. Try the Japanese style pancakes of pork and veggies or chicken and veggies or go for a specialty roll such as the lobster tempura roll. $$ Lunch Mon., Wed., Thurs., Fri. and Sat.; dinner Wed.-Mon.

 

RA Sushi

2601 Aviator Lane, Glenview, 847-510-1100

This vibrant place specializes in creative sushi with fun names and imaginative cocktails. Start with pineapple cheese wontons or a creamy edamame and spinach dip, served warm with wonton chips. Enjoy signature sushi such as the Tootsy Maki — crab mix, shrimp and cucumber rolled and topped with crunchy tempura bits and drizzled with a sweet eel sauce. Pick a lively Ginger Blossom cocktail — Hendrick's Gin, St. Germain, muddled strawberry, pink grapefruit juice, lime juice and a splash of ginger ale. $$$

 

Seoul Garden

3420 Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook, 847-390-8390

Come in for authentic Korean cuisine in a spacious and cozy atmosphere. Traditional dishes include bulgogi, sliced tender beef and vegetables marinated in a special sauce, and galbi — beef or pork short ribs. Be prepared to have complimentary kimchi and several side dishes come to your table. $$ Lunch and dinner daily

 

Siam Paragon

503 Main St., Evanston, 847-332-2302

Siam offers a Pan-Asian approach with its menu. The Thai section tosses meats in a spicy basil or red curry mixture. The Chinese selection includes mu shu pork and Mongolian beef. The Korean side has hot bean curd with meat or seafood and sweet and sour beef. Sushi, yakisoba and teriyaki represent the Japanese stop. It offers an all-you-can-eat menu Sunday and Monday nights. $ Lunch and dinner daily

 

Sushi Kushi Toyo

825 S. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest, 847-234-9950

Locals come for fresh sushi, sashimi, maki rolls and kushi — Japanese shish kebabs made with ingredients such as quail, liver and chicken wing. The eatery also offers an extensive menu of teriyakis, pan-fried and cold noodles, tempura and meat combos and chef's specials. $$ Lunch Mon.-Sat.; dinner daily

 

Sushi Kushi Too

495 Central Ave., Highland Park, 847-681-8997