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Number 82: Okonomiyaki at Hana Japanese Eatery
Excellent sushi at Hana is always a given, and there are far too many kinds of killer raw fish creations to choose just one as a favorite. No matter what chef Rick "Koji" Hashimoto slices up, it's as tasty as it is beautiful.
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Still, Hana has more to offer than goodies from the sushi bar, with an extensive variety of cooked traditional dishes from chef Kazuto Kishino. Soups, tempura, grilled meats -- there's a lot to consider, but one of the best things at Hana still isn't printed on the menu.
It's called okonomiyaki, and it's a savory pancake typical of Japan's finest street vendors and hole-in-the-wall taverns -- pure comfort food, slathered in tangy sauce and mayo and scallions and pickled ginger. Good luck finding such a treat anywhere else in Phoenix.
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