Go to Butterfly when your college friends are visiting from out of town and you need an upbeat BYOB spot. There are three locations, all in the West Town/West Loop area, and all of them serve tasty rolls and decent Thai food. This is good for Gina, who doesn’t actually like sushi but likes vodka sodas.
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The Breakfast Club & Grill
The Breakfast Club is a cute little neighborhood diner that's ideal for an easy breakfast, brunch, or lunch any day of the week.
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Naoki is a fancy but expensive sushi restaurant inside the Belden Statford building in Lincoln Park.
Roka Akor is a trendy Japanese restaurant in River North that has great food but is also expensive.
Kumiko is an upscale cocktail bar in the West Loop with high-end bar snacks and a tasting menu in the basement.
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Momotaro is like a Japanese Discovery Zone. You may need to sample the menu a bit, but hit your stride and it’s a great meal.
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