We trekked out to Arlington Heights over the weekend to browse the aisles of Mitsuwa Marketplace and to grab a bit of lunch at the food court. Even though Mitsuwa is a Japanese chain, they have Korean and Chinese shops in their court yard as well as hamburgers and ice cream. Looking around the food court, most patrons came for the steaming ramen or cheap sushi.
One of the problems with the food court is that almost all of the food stations are cash only. However, the sushi station is run by the grocery store, so you can grab some sushi and then go through the check-out line before joining your friends. I like to do this because it gives me a chance to pick-up one of the many odd-ball drinks from their beverage cooler. My favorites are the fruit sodas sealed with glass marbles that you’re supposed to pushed into the bottle. Rattle + drink, what could be better?
You should definitely eat at the food court first even though the food quality is about the same as an American food court. Eat so you don’t load your shopping cart full of Strawberry Pocky, salty snacks with dried fish or value packs of miso soup.
In addition to Japanese housewares and kitchen staples, Mitsuwa has an excellent selection of seafood and produce. We have it on good authority, however, that Tensuke Market in Elk Grove has fresher fish. It’s a short drive away from Mitsuwa so you owe it to yourself to do a side-by-side comparison.
100 E Algonquin Rd
Arlington Hts, IL 60005-4618
3 Arlington Heights Rd.
Elk Grove Village, IL