There is no other Chicago restaurant so original as Yusho, where chef Matthias Merges creates Japanese-style fare using a global pantry and unrivaled technique. Custardy lobster chawanmushi dressed in crispy kale and black sesame, twice-fried chicken dusted with matcha powder, sweetbreads in umeboshi barbecue sauce—each dish inspires awe.
2853 North Kedzie Avenue
SAVEUR.COM EXCLUSIVE: When we decided to include Yusho in the 2013 SAVEUR 100, we knew there was only one choice for the story's art: We had to use one of the beautiful watercolor comics that artist Sarah Becan creates for the restaurants e-mail newsletter, which capture the restaurant's spirit—not to mention paint a tantalizing portrait of the deliciousness of chef Matthias Merges's food. We asked Sarah to bring us behind the scenes on her collaboration with the restaurant—check it out in our exclusive story The Art of Yusho »