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Nov 12

Where to Eat in Chicago Right Now

The gist: Kumiko, the Japanese-inspired drinking den from award-winners Julia Momose and Noah Sandoval, reopened its doors a few months ago, ushering in longtime and newfound fans alike for cocktail flights and artful food pairings.
The food: Those yearning for a taste of Sandoval’s fare without the Oriole sticker shock can enjoy Michelin-grade handiwork for wallet-friendly prices in the form of expressions like Karaage with Kanzuri-spiked mayo and charred pickled shishitos, Cod Wings with charred lemon, house ponzu, and yuzu zest, A5 Miyazaki Wagyū Katsu Sandos, and Toasted Koji Ice Cream. Elsewhere, Thrillist 2020 Local Hero Momose makes her cocktail prowess known through expertly crafted concoctions (both boozy and non) as well as a world-class lineup of specialty spirits and sake.
The cost: Starters and snacks $6 - $20, mains $12 - $90, cocktails $10 - $27.

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Mar 3

18 Women-Owned Restaurants to Support in Chicago

From the expertly curated sake list and brilliant boozy concoctions (garnet milk punch, anyone?) to the delicate matcha shortbread cookies, tamago sandos bursting with velvety Kewpie mayo egg salad, and dreamy yakisoba bowls laced with Wavy Sun Noodles with Berkshire pork belly, 2020 Local Hero and award-winning drinks maven Julia Momose’s genius can be found buried within every magnificent detail of this Japanese-style West Loop cocktail den. She was also instrumental in legalizing to-go cocktails throughout Chicago last year, so obviously we stan.

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