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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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    March 13, 2014
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    March 7, 2014

    12 Favorite Places for Seafood During Lent in Metro Phoenix

    It's the Lenten season, which for many out there means skipping burgers, steaks, lamb chops, pork chops, and, well, all other forms of meat on Fridays. Luckily, that doesn't cover fish -- so to make the sacrifice of all things rich and meaty a little bit easier, we've rounded up some of our favorite ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013
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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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    April 29, 2013

    New Conveyor Belt Sushi Spot Opens in Gilbert

    Since Chandler's Sushi Eye in Motion closed last fall, all's been quiet on the kaiten-zushi, or conveyor belt sushi, front -- at least until now. See also: - Postino Owners to Open Joyride Taco House in Gilbert in June - Hot Dogs & Pie: Mamma Toledo's to Open Space Inside New Short Leash Hot Dogs R ... More >>

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    March 19, 2013

    Pallets, a Vietnamese, Chinese, and Japanese Restaurant, Opens on Roosevelt Row

    The once-vacant Canvas building, located on the northeast corner of Third and Roosevelt Streets in Phoenix, is showing some signs of life. See also: - Kevin Binkley to Open Bink's Midtown in Phoenix on Wednesday - Second Location of Essence Bakery Coming to Phoenix This Summer Last weekend, the se ... More >>

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    February 22, 2013

    Sushi Brokers in Arcadia Now Open

    This week, Arcadia picked up a much-needed cuisine to add to its collection of Indian School eateries: sushi. See also: - Hey Joe! Sets Up Food Truck Pop-Up Restaurant in Central Phoenix - First Arizona Portillo's Opens Next Week in Scottsdale Joining neighbors such as Cave & Ives, Milagro Grill, ... More >>

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    February 21, 2013

    Ramen Rematch: Republic Ramen vs. Sushi Ken

    When you've had ramen done right, you just know. It's a shame it's even referred to by the same name as its Styrofoam cup counterpart. The base is always a flavorful, unique broth with an extra boost from added traditional Japanese veggies like seaweed (Japan's bay leaf) and kamaboko. All that's pou ... More >>

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    November 8, 2012

    Sushi Cologne. That's Right, Sushi Cologne.

    Ready for brand new aroma to spice up your life? How about a "pick-me-up" cologne redolent in the smells of sushi? Or more specifically, a cologne that smells like sushi rice and seaweed with a hint of lemon essence. See Also: -Lay Waste to the Forces of Hunger With the Sushi Bazooka -This Movie S ... 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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    July 31, 2012

    "Dead Sushi" -- A Gore-Packed Foray Into the Dark Side of Sushi (NSFW)

    See Also: We Welcome Our (Sushi) Robot Overlords See Also: Jiro Dreams of Sushi: Much More Than a Film about Dead Fish on Rice See Also: Sushi Station at Desert Ridge Has Decent Sushi at a Great Price Oh wow, where to begin? "Dead Sushi" is the work of Noboru Iguchi a rather prolific Japanese dir ... 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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    September 9, 2011

    Sushi Roku Celebrates Third Anniversary with Half-Price Menu (Domo Arigato)

    ​If you're into tradition, third anniversaries are celebrated with gifts of leather or crystal. If you're Sushi Roku, third anniversaries are celebrated by offering every dish on the menu at half-price. When do we eat? From Sunday, September 11th, through Thursday, September 15, Sushi Roku, ... More >>

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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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    May 17, 2007

    Raw Emotion

    Fish come true

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    February 1, 2007

    Raw Power

    Briny deep impact

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    April 14, 2005

    So-So Sushi

    A big fish story

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    March 13, 2003

    Small Time Cooks

    The smaller the cafe, the more charming the food

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    December 19, 2002
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    September 19, 2002

    Best Seller

    No doubt about, Sea Saw is unequivocally good sushi

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    February 7, 2002

    A Roll by Any Other Name

    I Love Sushi & Steak is to sushi as Hello Kitty is to cute

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    January 25, 2001

    East of Edamame

    Taste of Temari's food doesn't live up to its looks

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    June 22, 2000

    Big Fish, Mall Pond

    Hapa Sushi Lounge

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