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Third Place: Todoroki
January 27, 2023
Todoroki is a sushi and Hibachi place located on 526 Davis Street in Downtown Evanston. They are open everyday from 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. everyday except Sunday when they open at 12:00. I find it easiest to make a reservation the morning you plan for dinner or as early as the day before to avoid the dinner rush.
The staff was very friendly and considerate as I went when their regular tables for sushi were still under construction. At the time the only section they had available was the hibachi area. They do charge extra for the hibachi, and because of that we had decided to leave and try somewhere else until they kindly told us they had tables in the back where they were undergoing instruction the were kind enough to offer. A few other people were there eating dinner as well. It was like banquet length tables so a decent amount of people could fit.
The menu for sushi rolls alone has a wide variety, but they also have a little section of classic rolls such as your basic California roll, salmon roll, etc. that were more on the cheaper side. Their more complex sushi rolls range from $12-$18.
I recommend one simple roll and one complex roll if you’re sharing with a partner, so you can have multiple rolls and share amongst each other. You spend under 30 dollars each.
They also have non-sushi dishes like fried rice and with various other items that aren’t seafood. You can get a generous bowl of fried rice for at most $15.
As for the taste, I got the shrimp tempura roll—a spicy tuna roll with crispy shrimp tempura, eel sauce and another sauce that I forgot what it was called. The roll was very enjoyable and refreshing. With the kick from the spicy tuna and the crunch of the shrimp tempura, the flavors combine beautifully.
The one thing I would say is there are drinks like their soda and lemonade that taste pretty watered down. Other than that the food is delicious and a great spot if you wanna go out to dinner with friends or family, and is definitely deserving of one of the top three restaurants in Evanston.