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post #1 of 17
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During my recent trip to Virginia Beach / Norfolk area, I had lunch buffet at an all you can eat sushi place called Misako.

One of my Japanese friends got me hooked to Sushi and I can't seem to get enough of it because it creates a big hole in my pocket.

Any recos for Sushi buffet type of place in Chicago? All you can eat for a reasonable price.

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post #2 of 17
scary......
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:eek: If such a place actually existed with fresh, well-made sushi, my family could put them out of business in one night. We've each been know to polish of entire sushi boats (we're talking $50-60 boats) and order more.

I can't see how such a place could possibly make money, but I hope they can and I hope I find it.
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post #4 of 17
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the one I went into Virginia Beach called Misako had Sushi menu all-you-can-eat for lunch only at a decent price of about 10 or 12 dollars a person.

there weren't exotic ones just the regular salmon, tuna and some reddish one. they were making all 3 different kinds - fish on top, green-wrapper (sorry don't know name) on outside and on inside as well.

they had some intermediate ones like spicy tuna and a couple more (one had sprinkling of caviar as well)

then they also had fried sushi and some cooked food for my friend who took me there and was totally turned off by the idea of eating raw fish.
post #5 of 17
I'd LOVE a sushi all you can eat, Even if I had to drive 4+ hours to get there. Chicago's more likely to get one before St. Louis is.
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post #6 of 17

does 9-1-1 work here?

That's what my spouse asked me when we were at a sushi buffet in Springfield, Illinois.
post #7 of 17
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so far I haven't found one
though I did receive a couple of good recos from another forum (if its ok I can post here)

edited to add: the recos are for kaitenzushi (converyor belt sushi?) places
seemed like it would be about 40+ / person
post #8 of 17
At Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg is Todai. It is located on the west side of the mall and it has all you can eat sushi as well as some hot dishes, a noodle/soup station and a desert station. Quality of the sushi is good, but what do you expect when they have to produce it en mass. It is usually packed, and you can tell the place is decent with the number of asians that eat there. If you go, I recommend get there at least 15 minutes before they open (they do shut down between lunch and dinner) and stand in line! Once you are shown to the table and they take your drink order (they do have sake and asian beers) head right for the sushi line. Many times have got in the line to find someone had just finished off all the somked unagi!

I love sushi, and if you think you love it, Todai will challenge you! After I am done eating there (and I roll myself out the door!) I could easilly go without sushi for a month!

One last thing, if you go ON your birthday with someone else, they will give you a certificate to come back for a free meal (with a paying guest) within 90 days. I have always gone for lunch, never dinner. But I hear at dinner the have a more extensive menu (i.e. crab legs, etc).

Hope this helps and if you have any questions, let me know!

post #9 of 17
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all right dutch7! I look forward to going there soon

any pointer on how much is the $$ damage that would happen
post #10 of 17
I remember one now. There's a place in St. Charles just west of the mall on the North side of the street. They have the sushi boats which go around and you just pick what you want. It's AYCE but not that great. It's been at least 4 years since I've been there so that may have changed since.
post #11 of 17
It isn't bad at all... I'd like to say it is about $15 for lunch and more like $20 for dinner... You will definately get your money's worth in sushi!!!
post #12 of 17
I think I'm gonna hit the one in Woodfield too next time I'm there.
post #13 of 17
What kinda sushi/sashimi are we talking here?
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They have all different kinds... From your basic California rolls (they have a couple of different types, so if you have a friend that doesn't want "real" sushi, this is a great place to take them!) to the one I mentioned earlier.. Smoked Unagi (Mmmm smoked unagi).. They have some "spicey rolls" (may favorites) and some of the usuals... If you go to Todai's website you can see their many varieties... Just another word of caution... Get there early!!! Asians know what is good and will grab all of it before you get to it!!! Not knocking the Asians, but save some for us!!! Hehehe I once saw again who was right in front of me in line take like 8 pieces (there were only 8 left) of my yummy smoked unagi from under the warming lamp... By the time more came out, you would need to hope you were in the right place in line to get 'em! As for sashimi, they only have one kind at the end (I would like to say snapper, but it has been a few months since my last "fix") it has some mild spices some raw onion, very good...

It is DEFINATELY worth the money...
post #15 of 17
<--former todai employee

TODAI=YUCK

fresh? no

quality= poor



oh and by the way, dont ever eat the "tempura sushi"

tempura just means we fry old left overs and anything that survived the floor before station cleaning.
post #16 of 17
Eeek!

At least the fish is frozen, thawed, sliced, served I hope?

There used to be this place in the Valley (San Fernando Valley as depicted in Valley Girl) called Light and Healthy. It was $13.95 for AYCE sit down at the sushi bar sushi, one hour limit. That's where I met Hulk Hogan and his wrasslin' buddies.
post #17 of 17
yeah, but the rice wasnt fresh either. frozen thawed out, steamed, and spit out into cute little un-rustic squares...totally un sushi
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