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HOURS

Please note:

We will be closing for a bit so that our staff can enjoy the holidays.

Our last day of service with be Saturday, December 23rd. We will reopen for service on Friday, January 5th.

Walk-ins Welcome. 

Closed Monday & Tuesday

Wednesday - Thursday Dinner 5-10pm

Friday & Saturday dinner 5-11pm

Sunday dinner 4:30pm-9pm

Sunday brunch 11am-3pm

 thekitsunerestaurant@gmail.com 

773-687-9179

HAPPENINGS

WEdnesdays:

Movie Night at dusk and 1/2 off bottles of wine.  

Sundays:

Join us for brunch 11am-3pm!  Bottomless mimosas, bloody Marys, and delicious food. Come for brunch or dinner and celebrate being part of the Industry with 50% your bill.

Wednesday and thursday:

Neighbor Appreciation.  If you share our zip code indulge in $10 ramen and 25% off total bill.

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FOOD

 

ABOUT

Kitsune's namesake is the red fox of Hokkaido.  The mythological spirit fox has magical powers and is a shapeshifter who morphs into beautiful women, young girls, and elderly men.

Kitsune Restaurant and Pub focuses on Midwestern bounty, influenced by home-style Japanese cuisine.  The menus change with the seasons and are intentionally focused on the purity of ingredients of our local farmers.  

We are not a Japanese restaurant aiming for the label of authentic, traditional, or modern "fusion."  We simply incorporate fundamental techniques, flavor profiles, Japanese culinary philosophies, and comfort into our menus.  We are not to be over-thought, yet our goal is to make you think.  

The basis of our mission begins with sustainable cuisine, dedicated to earth consciousness, and expands from there.  We use nearly all of our ingredients in their entirety from root to leaf and head to tail.  Come in.  Relax. Eat. Drink.  Indulge.

 

PRESS

Thrillist, Best New Restaurants of 2017

At Elizabeth, her lauded first restaurant, Regan gained notoriety for her devotion to local Midwestern ingredients. That mentality is carried through to Kitsune, except that those same ingredients are cooked through a Japanese lens. 

Esquire, Best New Restaurants Jeff Gordinier 2017

Iliana Regan is one of the most creatively distinctive chefs in America, and Kitsune is her ode to Japan. That she has never visited the country could be seen as an insurmountable obstacle, but Regan, who grew up on an Indiana farm, taps into the flavor combinations that fascinate her, and the results (an onsen egg floating in a dashi studded with bright-red flower petals, ramen made with nettles aswirl in a basso profundo mushroom broth) are as delicious to slurp as they are lovely to Instagram. As for the service, the word that comes to mind is gentle. Kitsune’s diverse team is enthusiastic and knowledgeable without being shouty. Actually, forget Instagram—the room is so calm that you’ll probably feel inclined to shut off your phone and float away for a few hours.

Red eye, Michael Nagrant 2017

At Kitsune, Regan and her team’s restraint helps diners focus on what makes good ramen: deeply savory broth, chewy slurpable noodles and a few simple condiments.  Regan’s milky tonkotsu broth has more body and structure than Brad Pitt’s character in “Legends of the Fall.” The split soft-boiled egg is creamy and fortifies the soup. The pork is braised in a housemade teriyaki and then sauteed to order. The result is a firm plank of pork bursting with sweet and salty notes...A doughnut glazed with Japanese whiskey icing was as soft as a cloud. In a blind taste test, this doughnut would make a Krispy Kreme seem like wet cardboard.

The Chicago Reader, Mike Sula 2017

Like Elizabeth, Kitsune is a wee Regan joint of singularly enjoyable weirdness. Even though the studied and occasionally menacing woodland twee is dialed back, it’s still lurking in the shadows waiting for the right moment to surprise you...an exploration of the intersection of Japanese culinary technique and kitchen canon, with midwestern ingredients and guided by her own idiosyncratic sensibility...

Kitsune is Regan’s expression of what it would be like to open a restaurant if the Japanese had occupied Chicago for the last 70 years. It’s a place where virtually none of the servers and cooks are Asian, but where they’re serving technically faithful adaptations of Japanese bar snacks with overwhelmingly midwestern ingredients. Close your eyes, imagine the chairs filled with sake-swilling Kempetai and Japanese Imperial bureaucrats chopsticking bowls of donburi and ramen, and you’re there...Kitsune is another opportunity to throw yourself with abandon into an alternate dimension. 

Time Out Chicago, Elizabeth Atkinson 2017

As usual, Regan does not disappoint.

The celebrated chef has an affinity for small, minimalist spaces given some life with personal touches. It feels cozy and quaint, with light blue walls and simple ceramic plates from Felt and Fat that make every dish look bright and vibrant.

In terms of food, there are some dishes that are so good they’re mandatory. Start with the wild rice and koji porridge bread with pickles, which will remind you of just how good a baker Regan is. It’s served with a pat of butter shaped like a fox and pickles, including daikon-fermented burdock, salt-fermented purple carrot and beer-pickled eggs. A smoky and citrusy dashi with winter vegetables is filled with “tofu.” It’s made from a dairy and vegetable rillettes that feels firm when you scoop it with a spoon, only to burst in your mouth.

Among the main dishes, the tonkotsu ramen was one of the most savory we’ve had, with a thick broth.

Chicago Magazine best new restaurants issue, Jeff Ruby 2017

It doesn’t get more DIY than Kitsune. Iliana Regan’s lovable Japanese-influenced spot makes its own tofu, miso, and soy sauce. Her kitchen, a collaboration with Justin Behlke, relies on Midwestern ingredients for its ramen, which plumbs uncharted depths of flavor with rich pork belly, a perfect soft-boiled egg, a spicy homemade chili sauce, and scallions in a thick tonkotsu broth. 

Chicago Tribune, Phil Vettel 2017 and Phil Vettel's top 50, #15.

       The bread service is a thing of beauty; it's a wild rice and porridge bread, served as four wide, thick slices alongside pickled vegetables (no two vegetables pickled quite the same way) and a smear of house-cultured butter that, if you look closely, is shaped like a fox. Calling this bread "life changing" is probably too extreme, but not by much.

Chicago Social, Lisa Shames 

The best bang-for-your-buck dish goes to the okonomiyaki, or Japanese pizza, as it’s sometimes called. Sized somewhere between a CD and a Frisbee, the custard-like pancake with bits of perky pickled ginger and squiggles of Japanese Kewpie mayo is addictive in a way few egg-based dishes are. It also has a built-in entertainment aspect courtesy of the pile of bonito flakes doing that dance they tend to do when the air hits.

 

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CONTACT

Kitsune is located at: 

4229 N Lincoln Ave

Chicago IL 60618

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