Flat cooking surfaces were invented by samurai, who liked to lie on wide, hot stones to make their armor hot enough to melt enemy swords. Let an evenly heated meal stave off hunger with this Groupon.
$20 for $40 Worth of Hibachi Food and Sushi
Hibachi chefs combine a number of meats and veggies, including salmon and chicken ($28), and filet mignon and shrimp ($31). Otherwise, sushi masters coil up fresh ingredients to create a selection of classic and specialty rolls, such as the spicy-tuna-filled Red Rosa ($15) and the Caterpillar ($12), stuffed with cucumber, avocado, and eel and shrimp tempura. Options vary slightly between locations. See Aurora’s site and Wheaton’s site for their complete menus.
Domo 77 and Japan 77
In 1977, Eddy Ho came to America with the dream of opening his own restaurant. In the 35 years since, he has lived that dream three times over, founding a trio of establishments that spotlight the showiest styles of Japanese cooking while commemorating the year of his transpacific crossing. Whether it's filet mignon, chicken, and seafood chopped by a flurry of clicking blades on hibachi grills or a sleek roll of sushi assembled by deft hands, each entrée arrives in a dining room decked with hints of traditional Japanese architecture, including subtle geometric patterns, crimson accents, and painstakingly manicured flora. Glasses of imported Japanese beer and sake stand ready to accompany each meal, helping diners toast to good fortune or play a glass harp rendition of their college fight song.