2936 N. Broadway
Hours: 5 p.m.-11 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Thursday;
11:30 a.m. – midnight,
Friday and Saturday; noon-11 p.m. on Sunday.
Closed on Wednesday.
Prices: Buffet: $17.95
By Lee Barrie and Cindy Kurman
Story originally appeared in StreetWise
Here’s a twist on your typical Sushi experience: A sushi all you can eat buffet feast for $17.95—a price that can’t be beat. Many of us sushi lovers find that, while the food is wonderful, the price tag—if we order the quantity we really want—can be considerable. The folks at Hiro’s Café have found a way to offer very good sushi, plus traditional Japanese entrées and some Korean offerings, at a price we can more than live with.
This storefront eatery is casual and pleasant, not overly chic but not drab, either. It has a lounge-like atmosphere and is conversation friendly. The service is friendly and the vibe is upbeat.
The center of attraction is the large buffet menu, which was just added about two months ago. It’s not the kind of buffet where you go to the line and take what you want from a large display. In fact, the buffet is a virtual one—it’s a special menu with an ample choice (more than 50 selections) of standard maki rolls, nagiri and sashimi, plus some specialties, like fried albacore, “samurai sexy”, “smokey bear” and “sangria”. The specialties are particularly delicious. Appetizer selections are also included on the menu.
Here’s how it works: You can order two maki at a time, and you can keep on ordering as much as you want. It’s a great way to enjoy new things and come with a group so you can share. The buffet menu changes frequently so there is always something new to try. As an added plus, it’s BYOB and there is a nearby liquor store if you need a quick bottle of sake or wine.
Beyond the buffet menu, on the regular menu you’ll find a wide range of Japanese and Korean classics and some more complex maki choices. Your meal will end with a complimentary fresh orange, which is a nice refreshment after such a fulfilling food journey.
Note: DineWise is a weekly column appearing in StreetWise magazine. Lee Barrie is on the StreetWise board of directors and he and his wife Cindy own Kurman Communications, a Chicago-based public relations agency specializing in lifestyle, restaurant and hospitality strategic branding, marketing promotions, media relations and social networking. If you'd like your restaurant to be featured on the DineWise blog and in StreetWise magazine, please contact DineWise@kurman.com.
Photo courtesy of Laura Hansen