The Japanese hibachi is often mistaken for an American grill because it burns a similar amount of charcoal to sear meats and the ties of overdressed cooks. Reap tender benefits from a safe distance with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Japanese fare at Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse in Homewood, Illinois, or Little Tokyo Japanese Restaurant in Munster, Indiana.
Chefs at Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse roll up exquisite sushi and grill hearty hibachi dinners from a menu of Pacific Rim–inspired surf 'n' turf. Diners can sneak twin shrimp-tempura strips past crustacean-intolerant bouncers inside the Homewood roll's disguise of seaweed topped with tuna, avocado, and caviar ($11.95). Combination platters ($10.50–$13.95) assemble trios of popular rolls including the california or spicy tuna into meals with miso soup or salad, and a la carte offerings carve off single bites of sashimi from tuna or sea urchins ($2–$4). At the Homewood location, chopsticks and knives collaborate to subdue hibachi dinners, which require deft handling of accompaniments including shrimp, vegetables, and fried rice, as well as the dexterity to best the main course in a fiddlin' duel for their souls. The hibachi grill blows fiery kisses at tender filet mignon ($23.95) and sears appetizing tan lines on chicken ($15.95), which dives into bowls of dipping sauces to cool off.
Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar
A metallic blur passes over the sizzling grill top, lifting briefly to send a single scallop arcing through the air and landing neatly on a plate. The hibachi chefs at Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar shape artful cuisine with panache, charming diners with dexterous knife work as they sear morsels of seafood, steak, and chicken at tableside grills. A selection of sushi and sashimi includes specialty maki, such as the chicago roll, which encloses shrimp, egg, and avocado in a layer of sushi rice, providing a culinary alternative to the city's signature hot dogs topped with celery salt and boiled Air Jordans.