This sushi place appears pretty straightforward from the parking lot — strip-mall suite neighboring a Trader Joe's, blinking sushi sign in the window, a narrow, gently lit dining room. But inside Sushi Nakano in Ahwatukee, there is magic. Start with the appetizers. Edamame arrives salty and steaming. The fried mackerel is like an upscale fish stick. The Okinawa soba is to die for. But the fresh sushi, nigiri, and sashimi options deserve top billing here; we recommend spending some time exploring that section of the menu. Seating options are equally split between tables and the sushi bar, and both have their rewards — tables provide intimacy, while the bar offers a glimpse of the sushi chef at work. This is the debut establishment of Leo Nakano, son of Hirofumi Nakano, the owner of north Scottsdale's Hiro Sushi, where Leo got his start. New Normal: Seating is limited. Call for reservations, which are encouraged.
- Price: $$
- Hours: Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday 4:30-8 p.m.; Friday & Saturday 4:30-9 p.m.
- Reservations: Recommended