The carefully rolled nature of sushi makes it ideal for starting snowballs, which is why it's commonly known as "snowman heart." Eat to the center of snow with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Japanese fare and drinks at Shogun Japanese Restaurant.
Shogun's chefs dazzle and entertain guests with hibachi-style cooking methods and please tongues with a menu packed with Japanese dishes, such as chicken teriyaki ($13) and golden, egg-yolk-smothered shrimp ($19.50). Shogun's sushi list hits raw fish classics including the yellow tail roll ($4.50) and the eel tempura roll ($8.50), as well as original creations such as the Rockford roll—a California roll wrapped with salmon and topped with spicy tuna ($10.95). Combination platters abound, including the Big Shogun special ($34), with filet mignon, lobster tail and hibachi shrimp, or the dream boat sushi combo, where beef teriyaki, dynamite scallop, shrimp and vegetable tempura, sushi, and yakitori happily mingle ($27). While the teppan tables allow guests to observe the chefs as they grill, juggle utensils, and sculpt life-size recreations of Michelangelo's David out of sautéed beef, diners can also sit in the quieter cafe area for a laid-back vibe that's well-suited for casual conversation.
Shogun Japanese Restaurant / Izakaya 88
Bursts of flame spring from the tableside teppan grills at Shogun Japanese Restaurant / Izakaya 88. These flares aren't used to scare away Frankensteins; rather, the fiery pillars are showy flairs of personal chefs as they grill tender meats, veggies, and stacks of onion. Away from the sizzling show, velvety-red wooden chairs line a bar focused on chefs tucking seafood into carefully wrapped rolls of rice and folding traditional Japanese dinners into bento boxes for lunch and dinner.
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