Rock Wrap & Roll

Rock Wrap & Roll Chicago 8 Anyone who knows me well enough knows I take my sushi seriously.

Very seriously.

Besides parmesan cheese, if I had to eat one thing for the rest of my life it would have to be Namasake-don (otherwise known as sashimi salmon rice bowls). I LOVE raw fish.

But sushi-loving in Chicago can get expensive fast so I’m always on the lookout for below-the-radar spots with killer quality maki for a reasonable price.

And thanks to my boo Rachel, I’ve discovered my newest favorite haunt — Rock Wrap and Roll!Rock Wrap & Roll Chicago 6 Located in the heart of Lincoln Park near the DePaul campus, Rock Wrap and Roll is a cozy casual BYOB spot that feels funky and innovative at the same time.
Rock Wrap & Roll ChicagoSo one frosty afternoon Rachel and I settled into a cozy spot by the window and slurped a few drinks (order their thai iced tea!) while we perused the ENORMOUS double menu of Thai and Sushi offerings.Rock Wrap & Roll Chicago 1 We started out with one of Rock Wrap’s most popular specials, the Wrecking Ball. Rock Wrap & Roll Chicago 2 Crunchy garlic rice balls topped with spicy tuna and special sauces. Crunchy, slightly spicy, and so fun to eat — if they have this on the specials, order it! You won’t regret it!
Rock Wrap & Roll Chicago 10We also ordered a trio of sashimi composed of tuna, salmon, and whitefish which was beautifully executed (the salmon melts in your mouth!). Rock Wrap & Roll Chicago 4 Next we warmed up with a steaming bowl of miso as we waited for our EPIC entrées to arrive…

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And wow were they ever epic!Rock Wrap & Roll Chicago 15Rock Wrap is known for their beautiful sushi displays and I’m happy to say the colorful sauce designs were just as stunning as we’d hoped.
Rock Wrap & Roll Chicago 17 On the left is Rock’s Mexican maki of shrimp tempura, cilantro, jalapeño, avocado, mayo, and masago. Fresh, spicy, and warm for a chilly day!Rock Wrap & Roll Chicago 13 Rock Wrap & Roll Chicago 16And on the right is Rock’s legendary Virgin Bride maki of spicy tuna with green onion and tempura crumb topped with superwhite tuna, mayo, and wasabi tobiko.Rock Wrap & Roll Chicago 24 Our final roll was this deliciously fresh Strawberry maki.
Rock Wrap & Roll Chicago 22 Unagi, fresh salmon, avocado, cucumber, and chili sauce topped with spicy tuna, strawberries, and unagi sauce. Sweet, spicy, savory… and so different from many of the other rolls I’ve tried here in Chicago.
Rock Wrap & Roll Chicago 21And it naturally came with yet another stunning display of sushi sauce art — how stunning is this colorful pattern?
Rock Wrap & Roll Chicago 11But we didn’t dare forget to order at least one dish from the Rock’s thai menu as well — this is their zingy Pad See Eiew.Rock Wrap & Roll Chicago 12 Beef and chicken stir-fried with wide rice noodles, broccoli, egg, and a sweet balsamic soy sauce? Yes, please!

Rock Wrap and Roll is one of those hidden gems that promises incredible care and attention to detail in each of their dishes. Their surprisingly sushi combinations, beautiful displays, and ENORMOUS menu make this a must-visit the next time you’re looking for serious #sushiporn in Lincoln Park!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary meal to facilitate this post. Review and all opinions are my own.

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