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 items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).
Restaurant: Sushi Station Location: 20910 N. Tatum Blvd., north of Loop 101 Open: A little over a month Eats: Sushi that comes to you Price Point: $2-3 a (small) plate
For being in the middle of a desert, Phoenix sure does have a fascination with sushi. It seems like there's always another sushi joint opening everywhere you look. One of the more novel forms of sushi restaurant is the kaitenzushi, or conveyor belt sushi restaurant. At a kaitenzushi, instead of ordering, you select the sushi you want from a moving belt that wraps all the way around the sushi bar. These are the Chipotle of sushi restaurants: They're quick, very casual, and quite reasonably priced.
For a few years, there have been just two kaitenzushi in town: Sushi Eye in Motion in Chandler, and TeHaru on the very south edge of Tempe. If you live on the north side of town, it's a long hike to either one. Now, North Phoenix residents have a more convenient option. Sushi Station is a brand-spanking-new kaitenzushi, tucked away across the street from Desert Ridge Marketplace, just a couple of doors down from Pita Jungle.