🤘 A taste of 90s rock

The Daily Reader

May 10, 2023

If you missed my 5,000-word Food Issue treatise on Jim’s Grill, an Irving Park diner that became a haunt for several overlapping local music scenes in the 1990s, it means you missed a fun side story you don’t need to time travel to experience.

In my journey to assemble a loose history of the musicians, engineers, and music-industry workers who ate at Jim’s Grill, I spoke with producer Brad Wood, who has a deep affection for a particular dish Jim’s Grill made called akutagawa. In fact, he loves akutagawa so much that he reverse-engineered a recipe for it after he moved away from Chicago.

I found Wood’s enthusiasm for akutagawa irresistible. So irresistible, in fact, that I asked if he’d share his recipe for the story. I’m thrilled he obliged. And while Jim’s Grill closed almost two decades ago, at least Wood’s recipe gives you the opportunity to get a better sense of some of the food the place served. 

It’s a great recipe. How do I know? Music editor Philip Montoro made it this weekend. My only addition to the recipe is this: I’ve found it’s great to eat akutagawa with friends.


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