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The Sit Down Cafe & Sushi Bar
Posted by U of C Grad Student on 09/02/2010
I was skeptical about a place that served so many cuisines, but I wanted a restaurant with outdoor seating, so I decided to give this place a try. I went there with a party of four that ordered a variety of items ranging from the jambalaya and pasta fagioli to the pizza and sushi, and everything was exceptional! I enjoyed my parmesan peppercorn salad and sushi roll immensely and the rest of my group raved about their dinners as well. The fish is fresh and flavorful (not like some places where you cannot tell the taste of one fish from the other), as was my salad. Finally, I also highly recommend you try their desserts!
Posted by Schweddy on 02/22/2009
Living in this restaurant desert, The Sit Down is a wonderful addition to the neighborhood. On the sushi: they have a sushi bar with sushi chefs who know their stuff. It's the real deal, not some menu add-on gimmick. Their pizzas are gourmet style, thin, not too much sauce and high in quality ingredients. You won't go wrong with sandwiches and salads either. The soups are delish (pasta fagiole is 2 thumbs up). A bunch of their items are gluten free, just ask! The decor is so un-Hyde Park, and for a local, that is refreshing.
Posted by U of C Visitor on 01/11/2009
I agree, not many options in Hyde Park. I go down there once a month. Usually during the day. So i never stopped at park 52. Chant I have and its a bit dark and loud for me. Food is OK. I stopped at The Sit Down for thh first time Friday. Very happy with It. My friend I was with ordered sushi. She liked. I had the roman style pizza as I was explained it was, which was very thin and tastey. Very Light I didn't feel stuffed afterwards. So I liked it.
Posted by rdb on 12/28/2008
Like many city neighborhoods, Hyde Park has long suffered from a dearth of really good, modern restaurant offerings some ethnic places have great food, but really down-in-the-heels decor and service. Other places may look OK, but the food is mediocre at best and the service inconsistent. Sit Down Cafe & Sushi Bar, along with Park52 and Chant, represents a welcome wave of contemporary restaurants breaking in HP. Don't be put off by the combo of sushi and non-Japanese offerings. Rather, think of Sit Down as a small-plates kind of place, with sushi, soups, salads, sandwhiches, a few entrees you can gorge on really fresh sushi, or nosh on a variety of tasty little dishes and hang out. The decor is what you would hope for and expect in a contemporary Chicago restaurant. The service is delightfully free of the quirks and drama at other HP establishments. The ingredients are SUPER FRESH, both the sushi/sashimi fish and the veggies, picked early from Hyde Park Produce. This is a great new place that has food, decor and service down. I hope Hyde Parkers embrace it.