Hours: Lunch, Dinner: seven days
Open Late: Friday & Saturday till midnight, other nights till 11.
First Chicago outpost of the Hogs and Honey of sushi-joint chains.
With its blaring rock sound track and flamboyant red-and- black decor, the Hogs and Honeys of sushi-house chains does more to attract young swingles than raw-fish purists. The menu has headings like "Make Friends With Sushi" and "Safe Sushi"--no wonder much of the food is cooked. All the same, we were feeling fishy. We started our meal sharing the yummy blue-claw crab cakes. Eating them with chopsticks proved to be a challenge, so we requested silverware. Instead our sushi arrived. The Latin-Asian albacore plate consisted of barely seared white tuna slices with avocado and cilantro; cashews and pine nuts added a nice crunch, but the soy-garlic sauce overwhelmed the dishs delicate flavors--a minor issue since it was served on the side. Tuna nigiri was competent, as was the spicy salmon roll. We were also served the "ultimate shrimp tempura." Unfortunately, that wasnt what we'd ordered, and like our silverware, the correct roll never arrived. Despite the missteps, the party-hearty atmosphere made for a jolly time--we were stuffed anyway, and we'd washed it all down with a fairly priced New Zealand sauvignon blanc.
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