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Baby Octopus at Midnight? Bucktown's Izakaya Mita Adds Late-Night Snacks

By Alisa Hauser | September 9, 2015 4:55pm
 A sample of snacks from Izakay Mita's new late night fall menu, being introduced Friday.
A sample of snacks from Izakay Mita's new late night fall menu, being introduced Friday.
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Izakaya Mita

BUCKTOWN — Looking forward to Friday night on this back-to-school week when everyone is talking about summer being over?

To celebrate the new, fall season, Izakaya Mita, a cozy Japanese pub and grub on the southwest corner of Armitage and Damen avenues in Bucktown has added a snack menu, set to launch on Friday.

Geared to the late-night crowd, the new menu additions — ranging in price between $4 and $10 —  include green beans in sweet black sesame sauce, Japanese pickles, marinated baby octopus, Japanese-style fried chicken with soy-ginger marinade and korroke, a potato croquette.

The snack menu will available after the main menu closes at 11 p.m. From then until 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Izakaya Mita will offer the new fall additions, plus the restaurant's regular bincho-tan grill items, such as rice sliders, tempura and Japanese curry.

Specializing in small plates cooked over a bincho charcoal grill by a former Ichiban steak house chef, Izakaya Mita opened last December at 1960 N. Damen Ave.

Helen Mita, who co-owns Izakaya Mita with her son, Brian, said on Wednesday that the later kitchen hours were prompted by people coming into the bar after the kitchen closed but still wanting to eat.

Mita also said some of her favorite fall "nabe" recipes could be added to the fall menu, too. Nabe is a Japanese hot pot soup bowl designed for one.

Other recent dining options added to the Bucktown intersection include 24 Karrots, a juice bar across the way at 2004 W. Armitage Ave. and AMK Kitchen, which opened in June at 1954 W. Armitage Ave.

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