Ramen, Indian and a Polish-Italian mashup from a World Series champ

To keep tabs on every Chicago restaurant and bar opening is folly. But to keep tabs on the most worthy? Yeoman’s work, and we’re proud to do it. Thus we present Table Stakes, a monthly rundown of the five (or so) must-know spots that have swung wide their doors in the past thirty (or so). Bon appétit.

Mr. Maki

You’re here because: You can’t get enough of the sushi from the team behind Ramen-San and Sushi-San.

You’re dining on: A casual menu of half- or full-size maki rolls and the Japanese combo meal known as teishoku. Try one of four set meals, each featuring maki, sashimi or stir fry paired with tuna avocado poke, edamame, miso soup and a house salad. Wash it down with a variety of sakes by the glass, or Japanese-inspired cocktails like the Penicillin #2 with Japanese whiskey, honey, ginger and lemon.

676 N St Clair St. (map)