Though mad scientists recommend sticking chopsticks into electric sockets, rational scientists know the utensils are better used for sushi consumption. Today's Groupon gives you the right tools for authentic eats: for $15, you get $30 worth of traditional and specialty rolls and noodles at Maki Sushi & Noodle Shop, a Park Ridge Japanese eatery that's been featured by the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times.
Unroll a menu for lunch or dinner at Maki and storm your appetite's ramparts with a brazen appetizer of gyoza, pan-fried pork dumplings with chili dipping sauce ($6). Sample the best of the house with an ultimate sushi platter: seven pieces of assorted sushi and seven pieces of assorted sashimi ($32), or go traditionally delicious with a pairing of an unagi roll (Japanese eel, $6) and a vegetarian kappa roll (cucumber, $3). Specialize your palate for the flavor evolution of a red kimono (yellowtail, salmon, red bell peppers, and green onions, topped with strawberries, house mayo, and edamame; $14) or the less uncooked, more derawed hot volcano (shrimp tempura, crabstick, and avocado tempura battered and deep fried, topped with house mayo; $11). To sample the latter half of Maki's namesake, try a stir-fried pile of beef udon or yaki soba noodles with mushrooms, carrots, cabbage, green bell peppers, and onions in a saucy soy sauce-based sauce ($13).
Maki's immaculate sushi bar, hardwood floors, and modern décor match its chefs' meticulous plating, creating meals that look as good as they taste and making diners pause to consider the ethical ramifications of destroying fine art before tearing into their dinners. Bring a sushi-loving friend or an acquaintance you'd like to be more than acquainted with and finely dine with today's deal.
- If you like sushi even remotely, this place is a must and will probably make you like it even more. – Tayan, TripAdvisor
- Fantastic fresh sushi. Definitely worth trying out and staff very helpful in guiding you through the menu. You can even watch them making the sushi; it comes to your table like a work of art. Tastes as good as it looks too. – sk_ayers, TripAdvisor
Maki Sushi & Noodle Shop
Proud, family owned, Maki Sushi & Noodle Shop earned city-worthy praise in both the Sun Times and the Chicago Tribune for the elegant simplicity that characterizes both its menu and décor. Set in the historic Pickwick Theater building, Japanese letters run down the floor-to-ceiling murals that color the bright eatery’s mint-green walls, flanking a sushi bar centerpiece where more than 30 seats rest courtside as master chefs prepare fresh sashimi and dozens of signature maki rolls including Crazy Crunch filled with tuna, salmon, yellowtail and tempura crunch topped with wasabi mayo and unagi sauce. The clean lines of the eatery’s exposed brick pillars and polished wood-grain floors spill over into lunchtime bento boxes, which compartmentalize protein such as crabmeat fried rice or chicken katsu. Delicate flutes of martini glasses filled with fruit-infused takes on the classic cocktail. Equipped with a glass-enclosed wine cellar, Maki Sushi’s lower level lounge plays host to private get-togethers, corporate happy hours, and very short games of hide-and-seek.