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Tank Sushi

By Victoria Wiedel | Friday, June 17, 2011
Address: 4514 N Lincoln Ave
Phone: (773) 769-2600
Website: http://www.tanksushi.com/
Tank Sushi

Tank Sushi. Credit: Mike Fourcher.

Tank, 4514 N. Lincoln Ave., the self-proclaimed “neighborhood sushi” spot of Lincoln Square has a lot to offer, which becomes a drawback if you fill up on their signature dish first. By focusing on the sushi you run the risk of missing out on an endangered cuisine here: the rest of the Japanese food spectrum.

I’m no purist when it comes to sushi, so I will make no claims about Tank’s authenticity or quality when it comes to raw deal. But in terms of variety, it’s hard to find fault on the menu.

You will find dozens of rolls ranging from traditional to creative to Americanized. Some of my favorite maki are: Samurai (tuna, yellow tail, apple and spring mix lettuce with spicy mayo), Latin Heat (smoked salmon, escolar, jalapeno, avocado, cilantro, and chili mayo) and Kimchee (tempura asparagus topped with kimchee wrapped hamachi, sliced cherry tomato and daikon sprouts). Prices range from $8 to $15 for rolls, and I would suggest ordering 1 ½ per person if you are in a group.

Lots of color. Credit: Victoria Weidel.

And Tank definitely is the place to go with a group if you want to maximize your grazing options. If you can, try to snag one of the big tables in back with dividers (especially if you don’t want your gluttony on display). There is a full bar (with several tempting martini options plus a respectable list of sake and sake cocktails) and the music is usually on full volume, so skip this spot if you are on date night.

Those of you who don’t appreciate sushi can still enjoy a range of traditional and modern Japanese food at Tank. You could create a satisfying dinner by choosing from a wide variety of hot and cold “small plates.” Options include steamed Edamame ($3), spud-crawl-worthy sweet potato fries ($4), watermelon salad ($9), and Kobe beef sliders ($9),

Tank also offers a more limited selection of “big plates” such as udon noodles with vegetable and shrimp tempura ($13), a seafood stew called “Nikomi” ($22), and grilled chicken Teriyaki ($16).

The most economical way to try Tank is during their “early bird special.” Select maki are half price during lunch time during the week (11:30 AM – 2:30 PM) and on weekends from 1:00 – 6:00 PM.

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