ya·​ki·​to·​ri | \ˌyä-ki-ˈtȯr-ē \

Definition of yakitori 

: bite-size marinated pieces of beef, seafood, or chicken on skewers

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Chicken thigh yakitori and uni toast with trout roe, chervil and lava salt are recent selections. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "The hottest new restaurants in Indianapolis this spring," 19 Apr. 2018 Coming up: lamb asado, piri piri turkey, barbacoa, pollo a la brasa, yakitori, jerk chicken, beef pastrami and whole-animal barbecues. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Iron Grate BBQ growing with specials, whole-animal butchering," 8 Mar. 2018 Yakyudori & Ramen, Kearny Mesa Diners wait in line up to an hour on weekend nights for this yakitori’s famed spicy miso ramen, made with stir-fried minced pork and chopped BBQ pork. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Oodles of noodles: San Diego's top spots for ramen," 1 Mar. 2018 Two Birds One Stone, a modern-day yakitori, opened to acclaim in 2016. Carolyn Jung, San Francisco Chronicle, "To build or not to build? That’s the question locals are debating in St. Helena," 22 Feb. 2018 There, the chef Jack Coetzee turns out modern, Asian-inspired shared plates like yakitori chicken with chimichurri, venison tataki with sriracha emulsion and kumquat ponzu, and a ginger-heavy take on a classic South African dessert, malva pudding. New York Times, "36 Hours in Johannesburg," 8 Feb. 2018 Shen’s restaurant would specialize in yakitori, the Japanese-style skewers. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "Ten years of yakitori, sushi, and karaoke with Jimmy Shen," 20 Dec. 2017 The happy-hour tapas menu includes many izakaya favorites like gyoza, edamame and yakitori chicken skewers. Courtney Dabney, star-telegram, "Another Asian restaurant coming to West 7th area: Zenna," 15 Dec. 2017 The restaurateurs, a former couple who are the parents of two young children, opened their no-reservations yakitori restaurant six years ago on what’s become a booming stretch of Bridges Street in Hong Kong. Adam Robb, WSJ, "A Day in the Life of Lindsay Jang & Matt Abergel," 26 July 2017

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First Known Use of yakitori

1962, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for yakitori

Japanese, grilled chicken, from yaki broil, roast + tori bird

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