we went to the bistro chopstix on illinois and were pleasantly surprised to find we came during happy hour, which meant half-priced sushi for dinner--a totally plus. half-priced sushi meant that we could try out a lot of different things for my sake (boone and sam already knew what they liked.) we got spicy tuna, spicy california, maui, alaska, arizona and rainbow rolls.
the spicy tuna was really good, but that's boone's favorite, so i only got one piece. the spicy california was also good, but not as much so. the maui (which is the one i picked out (because it had fried shrimp instead of raw fish)) was the fucking bomb.
the alaska roll looked scary and it took me about ten minutes to actually take a bite. when i did, i totally gagged at least five times, but i made myself swallow it. truthfully, i'm surprised i didn't barf on the table. the arizona looked the same, but in different colors, so i didn't even bother. and the rainbow roll was wrapped in fish slices so i didn't figure i could stomach that either.
i'm pretty weird about food textures and, let me tell you, cold, raw fish is not a particularly appetizing texture to me. at least i tried, though. i'm giving myself props for that.
we're going back wednesday to try out some more stuff. and then i'm going to try to go back sometime next week also, because they're getting a new sushi chef and i figure i owe him a try too.
for the record, i though the miso soup left much to be desired. it wasn't terrible or anything, but it's not as good at the miso soup at sakura. also, i didn't know whether to get ginger or sweet wasabi dressing for my salad, so the waitress brought me both. it turns out they are quite good in combination.