Good for the soul

— Bill Daley

If excellent sushi were the only criterion for gratitude, Asahi Japanese Restaurant (851 N. Quentin Road, Palatine, 847-359-7097) would be my choice. This casual spot is cozy-small but rises above the fancier competition with first-rate fare and a staff-to-customer ratio that guarantees attentive service. But it’s more than that: On those nights when the world has battered my spirit (not to mention my inclination to cook), and I’m asked where I want to go to make it all better, the answer is always this comforting, cheerful restaurant. Gratitude never tasted, or felt, so good.

Chicago Tribune

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