10/24/2012 03:59 pm ET

Matthias Merges, Yusho Executive Chef, Talks Avondale Hot Spot (VIDEO)

The description of renowned Chicago chef Matthias Merges' Northwest Side Yakitori eatery Yusho reads that "street food is the great equalizer -- no glamour required."

Yet, despite that proclamation, Merges' restaurant serves up flavors that have grown so popular that its concept is set to expand with a second, scaled-down location opening in Hyde Park next year.

Chat Chow TV recently spoke with Merges, former Charlie Trotter's chef de cuisine, about his restaurant and some of its signature dishes and drinks.

Interview originally posted on