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 today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of hibachi-style steak and seafood at Japan 77 in Glendale Heights.
Japan 77 flips and fires up a menu of steak, chicken, and seafood, prepared on a hibachi grill. Wake stomachs from a lazy summer slumber with savory combinations such as filet mignon, scallops, and chicken ($30.50); lobster and calamari ($27.50); or salmon and portobello mushroom ($18.50). The gravity of each combination meal captures the orbit of smaller dishes included in the dinner, such as a shrimp appetizer, soup, salad, vegetables, and fried rice. Patrons can customize grilled-meat mountains with a smattering of sauces, such as french garlic, teriyaki, hibachi, and egg yolk, before washing down eats with a mug of hot sake ($6.50+), a bottle of Sapporo beer ($3.50+), or one of nine different martinis ($6.50 each), each vying with one another for the attention of satiated taste buds.
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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.