Chef/Owner Harold Jurado and Chef de Cuisine Robert Rubba of Chizakaya -Chicago, IL

3056 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 697-4725
Hours: Mon-Sat 5:30pm-12:30am

Chef Harold Jurado’s first venture as a restaurateur, Chizakaya, is the Asian delegation among Chicago’s hot (and prestigious) congress of gastropubs. And though it occupies the same space that his mother’s restaurant filled while he was growing up, the restaurant is 100 percent Harold. Chizakaya’s walls are ablaze with Samurai murals and cheerfully spray-painted bricks that bespeak Jurado’s youthful spirit and culinary voice. The chef woos diners with an affordable small-bites menu and unusual, flavorful ingredient combinations. Jurado’s food is purposeful and soulful, from a Midwest-meets-Far-East Hamachi and Bone Marrow dish (with house-cured umeboshi standing in for traditional red onion jam) to a Blue Crab and Corn Congee, which manages to be at once comforting and sexy.

Recommended Dishes:
  • Hamachi, Bone Marrow, Garlic, and House-cured Umeboshi
  • Blue Crab Congee, Corn, and Chives

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