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Looking For 'An Unexpected Food Adventure'? Head to Sumo For Sushi Burritos

By Mina Bloom | September 4, 2015 2:42pm | Updated on September 8, 2015 10:51am

LINCOLN PARK — There's something fishy about the burritos at Sumo Restaurant.

The year-old Lincoln Park restaurant, 1751 N. Sheffield Ave., bills itself as the first Chicago spot to serve sushi burritos.

One order, which includes two small burritos, (which are basically enlarged sushi rolls), costs $5 before 2 p.m. After 2 p.m., one order will set you back $7.50. Currently, Sumo offers spicy tuna, salmon, shrimp and vegetable burritos. The latter two are new as of the last couple of weeks.

(from l.) Two spicy tuna sushi burritos and two salmon sushi burritos at Sumo Restaurant. [DNAinfo/Mina Bloom]

"Lots of customers are trying it. They love it," said owner Ganzorig Amgalanbaatar. 

Judging from the number of customers who ordered sushi burritos Friday afternoon — DNAinfo Chicago counted at least five — the 30-year-old Mongolian restaurant owner was right.

"It was great. For five bucks, it's a really good value," said Roscoe Village resident Brian Santiago, 36. "It was an unexpected food adventure."

Another woman who was ordering takeout Friday called the burritos "very nice" because she can eat them on-the-go.

Amgalanbaatar said that was the exact reason he decided to make sushi burritos: to make sushi easier to eat for busy Lincoln Parkers. He first learned of the hybrid from one of his customers, who noticed the dish was growing in popularity in California. 

In San Francisco, there's even a restaurant called Sushirrito that specializes in the hybrid dish.

After the recent media attention from Time Out Chicago and RedEye, the restaurant has been "very busy," Amgalanbaatar said. He's even looking to expand and open another restaurant near Diversey Parkway and Broadway.

"Business is getting better every day," he said.

Of course, there are many other items on the menu, ranging from traditional sushi rolls and chicken teriyaki to Mongolian dishes. But sushi burritos have become the restaurant's specialty, the owner said.

Sumo Restaurant's owner, Ganzorig Amgalanbaatar, in front of two orders of sushi burritos. [DNAinfo/Mina Bloom]

The outside of Sumo Restaurant. [DNAinfo/Mina Bloom]