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Local Foodies Reveal Favorite Place for Sushi

Minooka couple share local all-you-can-eat sushi spot and give tips for other great dining spots.

Paul and Christin LaLonde are foodies. And, as such, they are also big fans of the Food Network show "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives." They try to visit the restaurants highlighted on the show whenever they get the chance.

"We usually plan vacations around that," Christin LaLonde said.

She remembers that as a child, lots of trips included visits to restaurants specific to the place her family was visiting.

The couple travels to Chicago often to visit Christin LaLonde's favorite restaurants - Kumas Corner and Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder. Paul LaLonde lists his favorite restaurant a little closer to home. He loves in Yorkville.

But the couple agree on the restaurant we visited together - Sushi Ya in Joliet.

"The thing we both like about this place is, you can tell it's fresh," Paul LaLonde said.

I had been to Sushi Ya once before, but I took my order to go. Since that time, which was a couple years ago, they have added an all-you-can eat feature to the menu. For $14.95 for lunch and $19.99 for dinner, you can try a variety of items on a special menu and everyone at the table can try one another's selections. This was a great way to dine with readers, as we were able to share what we thought of each of the items. This was often different, as we all have different tastes. The couple said that is part of what they like about the all-you-can-eat menu as well. They can order their favorites, but each can try something new too.

They are both big fans of the Las Vegas roll, which is breaded and fried, so I could not try it. But, I did have more than one favorite by the end of the night. To find out which ones I would go back for, watch for Dining with Dawn on Nov. 21.

Jean November 18, 2011 at 12:30 PM
I do not agree. The all you can eat means all you can eat. We took our teenage son with us and were met by dirty looks from the owner's wife when my son asked for more sushi. The sushi was far from fresh and we have not been back since. Now if you really want a good place to sushi, Sushi Train in Crest Hill is the place to go. Reasonably priced and as local as you are going to get to Minooka-Channahon. This area lacks diversity in restaurant choices and people are getting tired of fast food being their only options locally.
Dawn Aulet (Editor) November 18, 2011 at 01:54 PM
Jean, Thanks for your feedback and suggestion. I would like to try Sushi Train. Want to join me for lunch or dinner? Email me at dawn.aulet@patch.com and we can work out a time and day.
William November 18, 2011 at 02:51 PM
SUSHI????......................YUUUUUUUUUUK!!!.............. :-)
Vanessa Holloway November 18, 2011 at 06:54 PM
I'm not a big fan of sushi either.
Sam November 18, 2011 at 11:13 PM
Same experience here Jean... We thought the sushi was good, but if you ask for seconds you definitely get the looks. The sushi seemed pretty fresh, but we always go to wild tuna on rt 59 in Naperville, the best around!
Freddie Kissell November 19, 2011 at 01:26 AM
Sushi Ya is fantastic. I have always eaten a ton there and haven't gotten any dirty looks. The sushi is delicious AND fresh, as well as the appetizers and soup. I love it.Where else can you eat hundreds of dollars worth of sushi for $20 a person? Don't drive all the way to Naperville for sushi, now that's ridiculous! Another good place to go is Aodake in Romeoville. And you people who don't like sushi are crazy. Do you prefer greasy, fried food? Gross!
Vanessa Holloway November 19, 2011 at 02:56 AM
Fred, I am one that is not afraid to try new foods. There is not much that I don't like. Yes, I like fried, greasy food occasionally but do I prefer it over a good seafood, steak or chop dinner or a healthy salad? No. I have tried sushi on several occasions, my taste buds just don't like it. Apparently , I'm crazy. Hey your not the first person to tell me that. Lol
Sam November 19, 2011 at 02:26 PM
I don't think anyone is crazy for not liking sushi, for many it's an acquired taste... It was for me, I had to start out with the California roll and work my way up...
Jeanne Millsap November 20, 2011 at 12:22 AM
I agree with Jean. I have found Sushi Ya to lack freshness. Plus, their seaweed salad was piled with cucumber sticks on the bottom so it LOOKED like a good helping of seaweed, but it really wasn't. Also, the woman who sat us kept talking bad about Edo's Japanese Restaurant, the other sushi place in Joliet, which I though was a pretty dirty thing to do. Edo's has much better quality than Sushi Ya. Sushi Train is also good, but my favorite is Sushi House in Wheaton. Ummmmm. Love to go there.
JC November 20, 2011 at 11:09 PM
Disagree, Sushi has always been fresh, waitstaff and owners have been nothing but hospitable no matter how many times I ordered, sometimes up to 2 or 3 times.
Carleen December 09, 2011 at 11:53 PM
We love Sushi Ya and have never experienced a problem ordering more. In fact the owner has told us stories about how much some people can eat and laughed about it. I have seen them double check at times just to remind the person that they will be charged for what they don't eat, but I find that to be a courtesy in case the person doesn't know. I wonder at times if people who felt pressured not to order more simply felt self conscious or misinterpreted the standard question of "are you sure?" I certainly have seen my fair share of people there order more than they really can eat. The sushi has always been fresh for us and is the best we have had anywhere in the surrounding surrounding suburbs. I do agree with the criticism of the seaweed salad though. That isn't their strong point by any means. Everything else I have had there though was perfect. I have recommended Sushi Ya to many people and have yet to have one of them complain. They all have gone back repeatedly.
Scott S. July 07, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Dude, Paul, this is Scott Sugg, Christin and I are still sleeping together. Its great. Thanks for feeding her and plumping her up for my pleasure on your dime. Idiot.
Scott S. October 13, 2012 at 02:10 PM
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=t-block Dude Paul... uhuhuhuh...uhuhuhuuhh.... you got t-blocked! awesome!!! uhuhuhhhhuhhuhuhuhuh....uhuhuhuhuhuhhuhuhuhuhuhhhhh

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