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    November 14, 2014

    5 Best Ethnic Dishes in Metro Phoenix

    Earlier this year, New Times celebrated the cream of the crop with our 36th annual Best of Phoenix edition. Here are our top picks for ethnic dishes in metro Phoenix. See also: 12 Best Ethnic Restaurants in Metro Phoenix Best Ramen: Hana Japanese Eatery A wise chef once told us that there are as ... More >>

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    September 4, 2014

    Stingray Sushi in Scottsdale Has Closed; New Location to Open in Chandler This Fall

    After a decade of success in Old Town Scottsdale, the original location of Stingray Sushi has closed its doors. The restaurant's lease is up, but owners say they're already looking for a new location in the area. The goal is to reopen a Scottsdale sushi outlet in 2015. In the meantime, there's ple ... More >>

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    July 29, 2014

    Delux in Phoenix: Happy Hour Report Card

    The Spot: Delux 3146 East Camelback Road, Phoenix 602-522-2288 The Hours: Happy Hour is offered Monday - Friday from 4 until 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. daily, though the sushi kitchen closes at midnight Sunday - Thursday.

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    July 8, 2014

    Geisha A Go Go in Scottsdale: Happy Hour Report Card

    The Spot: Geisha A Go Go 7150 East Sixth Avenue, Scottsdale 480-699-0055

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    June 12, 2014
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    May 27, 2014

    PURE Sushi Bar in Scottsdale: Happy Hour Report Card

    The Spot: PURE Sushi Bar 20567 N. Hayden Road 480-355-0999 The Hours: Happy hour is offered from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday

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    May 13, 2014

    Salmon "Yasu Style" at Yasu Sushi Bistro: 100 Favorite Dishes

    Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing some of our favorite food folks' "Personal Best" lists. This year we're bringing back our list of 100 Favorite Dishes. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email lauren.saria ... More >>

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    May 8, 2014

    Mexican Sushi: A Trend We Hope Doesn't Stick

    Mexican sushi. That's one fusion we never thought would exist and one we're not too sure we want to stick around. Apparently it is a thing, since there are at least two spots in metro Phoenix that craft the rolls. Señor Sushi on Indian School and 43rd Avenue and Taco Kissi on Bethany Home are t ... More >>

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    April 21, 2014

    Sushi Ken vs. Posh: Chow Bella's Ultimate Battle of the Ramen

    Things are getting down to the wire for this ramen battle bracket. There have been some upsets, like Republic Ramen beating out fan favorite Umami, and there's also been a disqualification due to T.Spot closing shortly before it was set to battle against Posh's ramen. This week Posh will try to prov ... More >>

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    April 4, 2014

    Blue Crab Handroll at Yasu Sushi Bistro: Eat This Now

    It seems this tiny restaurant has fallen off the radar for many food lovers. But not for the local Paradise Valley/North Phoenix crowd. They still fill every table in the entire cozy dining room, even on random Tuesday nights, filling up on sushi and other Japanese specialties.

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    July 24, 2013

    5 Things to Eat in Los Angeles

    The difference between the Los Angeles food scene and the Phoenix food scene is that in L.A., every restaurant is a scene. And that's fine by us. L.A. is the place where the American cupcake takeover began (Sprinkles Cupcakes), In-N-Out was founded, and juicing became an acceptable diet. No, these ... More >>

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    June 25, 2013

    Nobuo Fukuda on Binkley, Bianco, American-Style Sushi, and the Most Exciting Japanese Food in the U.S.

    This is part two of my interview with Nobuo Fukuda, chef-owner of Nobuo at Teeter House. If you missed part one, where Nobuo explained what he misses about Japan and the difference between an American and a Japanese chef, read it here. Favorite places to dine in Phoenix: Pho43, because, in my opini ... More >>

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    June 4, 2013

    Pallets in Downtown Phoenix: Happy Hour Report Card

    The Spot: Pallets 1011 North Third Street 602-254-1168 See Also: - Roaring Fork in Scottsdale: Happy Hour Report Card - The Most Popular Spirit in the World is Chinese Firewater Baijiu -- And It May Be Coming To The States - Hotel Palomar's One Year Anniversary Party in Do ... More >>

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    August 1, 2012

    Lay Waste to the Forces of Hunger With the Sushi Bazooka

    See Also: We Welcome Our (Sushi) Robot Overlords See Also: Watch This: The Story of Sushi Making sushi is hard and time consuming. There's the monumental amount of prep work, the difficulty in making tender sushi rice, the actual hassle of rolling the sushi by hand. Professional sushi chefs use a " ... More >>

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    May 31, 2012

    AndyTalk: Sushi for Dessert

    Whether it's a feint by a quarterback, an improvised musical riff, or a magic trick, everyone appreciates a good fake-out -- especially when the end result is a success. The first time I served sushi for dessert I had a goal. Actually, I had two goals: First, make a great dessert and, second, make m ... More >>

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    May 15, 2012

    Round Two with Lori Hashimoto of Hana Japanese Eatery

    Lori Hashimoto Hana Japanese Eatery 5524 N. Seventh Avenue 602-973-1238 This is part two of my interview with Lori Hashimoto, co-owner and sushi chef at Hana Japanese Eatery. In case you missed it, part one ran yesterday. Favorite Metro Phoenix restaurants other than yo ... More >>

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    May 14, 2012

    Hana's Lori Hashimoto Dishes on Brazilian Lobster, Magic Knives and Keeping It All in the Family

    Lori Hashimoto Hana Japanese Eatery 5542 N. Seventh Avenue 602-973-1238 This is part one of my interview with Lori Hashimoto, co-owner and sushi chef of Hana Japanese Eatery. Part two of the interview will run in this space tomorrow. To understand Lori Hashimoto, you m ... More >>

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    April 27, 2012

    Sushi Station at Desert Ridge Has Decent Sushi at a Great Price

    When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few item ... More >>

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    April 13, 2012

    We Welcome Our (Sushi) Robot Overlords

    First cupcake ATMs, now a small army of sushi making machines? If the retro "News of the World" style music doesn't get you then just wait until the 0:40 mark, whoever edited this video wasn't afraid to lay down some funky beats. The sushi making machines featured in this video are the products of ... More >>

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    March 1, 2012

    Watch This: The Story of Sushi

    The Story of Sushi from Bamboo Sushi on Vimeo. Clear four minutes of your day and hit play on this amazing little video. The Story of Sushi tells a sad tale of the sushi industry and the future of our oceans if we continue on the same commercial fishing path. Created for Portland's Bamboo Sushi, ... More >>

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    December 1, 2011
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    August 2, 2011

    Sapporo Scottsdale: Happy Hour Report Card

    Nicole Smith Sapporo's Cocunut Water Martini and Passion-Mango Martini induce a high that's worth their high price.​The Spot: Sapporo, 14344 N. Scottsdale Rd., North Scottsdale, 480-607-1114www.sapporoscottsdale.comThe Hours: 11 a.m. - close, Monday through Friday, and 3 p.m. - close, Satur ... More >>

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    June 17, 2011

    Now Open: Kokoro Sushi & Noodle Bar

    ​Hooray -- a quick and casual place to get sushi downtown! Kokoro Sushi & Noodle Bar opened last week in the Arizona Center, two doors down form the trendy Brick Pizza and just east of the movie theater.    The cozy space is casual with high top tables and a little sushi bar ... More >>

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    June 14, 2011

    Roka Akor: Happy Hour Report Card

    House infused Shochu with hand cut ice cubes are half priced during Happy Hour at Roka Akor.​The Spot: Roka Akor, 7299 N. Scottsdale, Rd., Scottsdale, 480-306-8800 The Hours: 5-7pm, daily. The Details: Happy Hour pricing is available in the lounge and bar areas onl ... More >>

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    June 8, 2011

    The Dragon Roll from Stingray Sushi

    Erica O'Neil​Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing our 100 Favorite Dishes with you. Now we're back - with the 2011 edition. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email 82: Th ... More >>

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    May 17, 2011

    Now Open: ShinBay

    ​Sushi lovers rejoice, Scottsdale has a brand new sushi joint open just in time for summer. Shinji Kurita, sushi chef and former owner of the now-closed Awhatukee sushi spot, ShinBay, quietly opened the doors of his latest project last Wednesday. Once again named ShinBay, the traditional-styl ... More >>

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    March 28, 2011

    Sushi 102: Roll a Fat One with The Virgin

    ​After last week's tragic experiment with burning cooking sushi rice, The Virgin was tempted to give up on the whole sushi making experience. But armed with a few helpful tips, I mastered the rice technique and moved on to the main event. If you're looking to feed picky eaters or ... More >>

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    March 21, 2011

    Sushi 101: The Virgin Gets Burned by Sticky Rice

    Uh-oh. That is not soy sauce.​Most American restaurant foods are easy to replicate at home: grilled cheese, burgers, the classic BLT. Japanese and hybrid-Asian foods are another matter. It might seem simple to toss together some rice, crab, seaweed and avocado to make a basic Californi ... More >>

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    January 27, 2011

    Salmon Skin Roll: Shimogamo Japanese Restaurant

    Flickr- Island Vittles A mound of crispy, fried salmon skin that would put bacon to shame.​Despite what the supermarket aisle may lead you to believe, there's more to an animal than neatly wrapped styrofoam trays of meat. From tongue to tail, offal (pronounced awful) encompasses all those t ... More >>

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    January 12, 2011

    Ikura Nigiri: Fish Eggs from Kanpai Sushi

    Erica O'Neil A jewel-tone duo of fish eggs, ikura nigiri from Kanpai Sushi.​Despite what the supermarket aisle may lead you to believe, there's more to an animal than neatly wrapped styrofoam trays of meat. From tongue to tail, offal (pronounced awful) encompasses all those taboo edibles th ... More >>

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    June 4, 2009
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    April 16, 2009

    Ten Sushi in Cave Creek Closing This Weekend

    How often do you hear about sushi restaurants closing down? A lot less often than you hear of them opening up, I'd say. So here's one of the rarities. Ten Sushi and Asian Fusion, a sleek spot in Cave Creek, is closing this weekend. Sunday is its last day in business. That part of town isn't crammed ... More >>

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    April 15, 2009

    We've Got Your Meal Ticket

    Ever thought of pairing your spicy tuna roll with prickly pear ponzu, or creating a ceviche roll? If so, we're impressed with your culinary adventurousness -- and happy to introduce you to the new Banzai Cowboy Sushi Restaurant & Martini Bar at Scottsdale's DC Ranch Market Street. This isn't you ... More >>

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    February 26, 2009

    Budget Beat: Steamers Genuine Seafood

    Sometimes, happy hour is meant to be enjoyed at a run-of-the-mill bar, passing the time with cheap beer and chicken wings or nachos. But sometimes you want to see how the other half drinks after work. That's when you belly up to the bar at a joint like Steamers. The old-school seafood restaurant on ... More >>

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    February 3, 2009

    Sakana Sushi & Grill Cooks Up Hamachi

    One fish, two fish, red fish--yellow fish? With so many choices of sushi available it can be difficult picking out the perfect appetizer to start a course; but Sakana Sushi & Grill ( 20250 N. 59th Avenue, Glendale. 623-566-3595) makes it simple by offering Hamachi Kama, an all a ... More >>

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    October 30, 2008
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    October 14, 2008

    Gross Out: Moldy Bowl at Masa Sushi in Gilbert

    By Amy Silverman I'll be honest: Raw fish does not pass these lips. But I know enough to know that if you're going to eat it, you want it to come from a very, very clean place. The Maricopa County restaurant inspectors apparently understand that, too, because they seem to be particularly tough on su ... More >>

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    October 6, 2008

    So Delish: Sushi at Yasu's

    Aji sushi with scallion and ginger (left), and fresh katsuo with shiso, onion, and roasted garlic chips By Michele Laudig Do you have a favorite restaurant that is the first place you visit when you get money in the bank? Whenever I'm dying for payday and need a light at the end of the tunnel, I l ... More >>

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    September 4, 2008

    Budget Beat: Fenix Eatery & Bar

    By Jay Bennett Seems most of the time, when a restaurant touts its happy hour, it boasts nothing more than $2 domestic bottles and some free chips and salsa. Whee. So when you discover a true happy hour bonanza, you want to rejoice because you feel you've found a salve to ease the discomfort of the ... More >>

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    July 3, 2008

    Sushi boom: Kizake and blu Sushi reel in first customers

    By Michele Laudig Someday soon, I won't be surprised to see a sushi restaurant on every corner. Yes, folks, there are two more new restaurants where you can get your fresh fish fix. Last weekend, Kizake Sushi & Martinis finally opened for business at San Marcos Plaza (91 W. Boston St.) in Chandler ... More >>

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    June 18, 2008

    More sushi places open in the East Valley

    By Michele Laudig People in the East Valley really must have an insatiable appetite for sushi -- how else to explain the constant influx of new sushi restaurants to the area?

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    March 11, 2008

    Coming this summer: Sushi in downtown Phoenix

    Sushi bars might be cropping up like mushrooms around the Valley, but somehow downtown Phoenix hasn't gotten any love. What's up with that? How could the fifth-largest city in the country not have one single sushi joint in its urban core? Don't worry your pretty little head -- in a few months, we ... More >>

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    May 17, 2007

    Raw Emotion

    Fish come true

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    May 11, 2007

    You know your sushi's fresh when....

    The fish was big, but not this big! see the chef hoist a three-foot-long section of fish onto the counter, still intact! I'm talking skin, fins, tail 'n all. My friend and I met up for lunch at Hana Sushi, that brand-new place at the NW corner of 7th Ave and Missouri (by Sylvia's La Cana ... More >>

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    April 19, 2007

    Tokyo Lobby gets new digs

    You never know what you'll learn when you're inconspicuously munching on fried ama-ebi heads and yellowtail sashimi. The other night, I felt lousy, like I was coming down with something. I've been blaming my occasional cough on allergies, but this felt like a real cold. At times like that, I turn t ... More >>

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    March 5, 2007

    Action on Indian School

    Did you happen to drive by Autumn Court on Indian School this weekend? I did, and I had to do a double take when I saw the sign posted out front of this popular Chinese joint: "Sushi by Shinji Kurita" That name might not ring a bell with everyone, but it will for those of you who remember the fab ... More >>

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    February 1, 2007

    Raw Power

    Briny deep impact

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