Radio Anago

There's a Brendan Sodikoff-Helmed Sushi Restaurant Behind This Coffee Shop

With Plum Rolls, Sake and Dance Dance Revolution

By Sarah Freeman ·
2dc27a19cfca1b34088d6f2b671ff65b5 PhotosRadio Anago

You're a fan of pretty much anything Brendan Sodikoff does.

You were there when he started serving bone-in filets in the sepia-tinted glow of Bavette's. You obliged when he put forth matcha lattes at Sawada.

Now, he kindly requests that you take a seat in his sultry new sushi den dubbed Radio Anago. It's open now. Take a look.

Through a curtain in the back of his equally new Sawada Matcha, you'll find a dimly lit dining room where you will, carefully, find your way to one of the 45 seats. It's there, under mod light fixtures, where you can catch a glimpse of fresh yellowtail being sliced to perfection in the open kitchen. Head that direction for a closer look, but also for the Dance Dance Revolution machine. Twist.

Then, it's decision time. Do you play it safe with hoisin-glazed steamed pork buns and a tuna nigiri flight? Do you fully leave caution on the other side of that curtain and order uni-and-yuzu shooters or the Houji fried chicken with roasted matcha and edible gold? Answer: yes.

Naturally, an Osaka Old Fashioned will be in front of you while all of this happens. While the sushi is serious, the cocktails are anything but. You can start the night with a Saketini and end it with a shot of Woo Woo, aka vodka, peach liqueur and cranberry juice.

Bonus: you totally get to say "Woo Woo."

Sarah Freeman is often accused of hiding secrets in her hair. She can make any cocktail, as long as that cocktail is a rye Old Fashioned, and has never met a saison she didn’t like.

Elsewhere on the Daddy

More Food in Chicago