The Sit Down is a cafe in Hyde Park (Chicago) that serves up dishes from a variety of cuisines, including sushi and pizzas. So when we sat down, we all decided to go the way of Japanese, which I was honestly a little bit wary about.
When our rolls showed up, I was surprised with the presentation. I can absolutely understand how the Little Red Riding Hood got its name with its bright red tobiko (flying fish roe) piled on top, and the slices of salmon looked fresh and nicely cut. In case you don’t like raw fishes, definitely order the spider roll, which has a crisp fry to it. However, it is a bit more difficult to eat (especially the end pieces) because some of the soft shell crab pieces are quite large (yum yum!).
For an appetizer, I almost always go for the seaweed salad, but this one is just average. I normally like more of that intense umami flavor, which comes from MSG, in my seaweed.
One of my friends who came with was vegetarian, and The Sit Down actually offers a number of vegetarian rolls, one of which features tofu. This futo maki was pretty good, but I think the proportion of rice was more than I would normally like in sushi. Thankfully, my tempura shrimp maki had a much better proportion of sushi rice so I thoroughly enjoyed the crunch of the shrimp with the soft rice.
After eating here, I guess Hyde Park isn’t as much of a food desert as many people claim.
- There is paid street parking available outside.
- They have sake on the menu, but they are also BYOB!
- It’s a decent walk through the Hyde Park neighborhood from the Museum of Science and Industry, so if you aren’t up for museum food, head over to The Sit Down.