Eleven Favorite Places for Sushi in the Valley

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Louie Banks
​Since coming to the United States from Tokyo in the 1960s (when the California Roll was born), sushi has been found everywhere from grocery stores and restaurants to convenience marts in all 50 states and popular culture. (Hell, even Tony and Carmela ate it in The Sopranos' final-season opener.)

And with sushi creations ranging from the seriously simple to gourmet goodness to just plain crazy and fun, picking the Valley's best depends on what you're in the mood for. That's why we've selected 11 of our favorite places for sushi -- in no particular order and tailored to a variety of tastes.

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• Fresh Wasabi

This strip-mall eatery in Glendale serves up pretty plates of sushi from a sizable selection. There are baked creations like scallop rolls, standard but flavorful spicy tuna rolls, and specialty creations like the Hotty Hamachi, a jalapeño-and-ponzu-infused yellowtail delight, and the mighty Coyotes Roll, made with salmon, eel, cream cheese, avocado and topped with orange tobiko. Solid service goes with the rolls.

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• SakeBomber Sushi & Grill

Two miles from ASU's Tempe campus, Chef Eric Wang brings his Japanese fusion cuisine to this colorful and casual restaurant, featuring several adventurous rolls in addition to the popular beer cocktail known as the sake bomb. Dare to check out the fried chimichanga roll with (gulp) fried chicken, avocado, and jalapeño and the Volcano made with spicy tuna. Extra points for kung fu movies on the television sets.

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• Sushi Ken

This crazy-popular and sometimes chaotic Ahwatukee Foothills restaurant from the former proprietors of Tucson's Sushi Ten may be bare bones in appearance, but its satisfying and reasonably priced sushi (several rolls are available for around $5 each) make up for the minimal décor. Try the uni and mackerel, and don't miss the chirashi, or "scattered" sushi. Wallet-wise, lunch specials are also a bonus.

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• Yasu Sushi Bistro

No gimmicks at this cozy little gem in North Phoenix owned by chef Yasu Hashino. With impeccably fresh fish (don't miss the black cod and tuna carpaccio) and specials of the day such as sanma (mackerel pike) and ankimo (monkfish liver pate), guests may have a tough time deciding on sushi or Hashino's specialty, sumibiyaki, which are dishes grilled over Japanese oak charcoal.

Location Info

Fresh Wasabi

6645 W. Bell Road, Glendale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Sushi Ken

4206 E. Chandler Blvd., Ahwatukee, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Sakana Sushi

6989 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Shimogamo Japanese Restaurant

2051 W. Warner Road, Chandler, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Temari Fine Japanese Cuisine

919 N. Val Vista Drive, Gilbert, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Sushi Eye in Motion - CLOSED

58 W. Buffalo St., Chandler, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Hana Japanese Eatery

5524 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Hiro Sushi

9393 N. 90th St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Sakebomber Sushi & Grill

1705 E. Broadway Road, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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18 comments
Gusto
Gusto

I ONLY looked at this story because of the accompanying photo. That's caviar splashed on her chest and neck, not soy sauce. It does look to me like she hasn't had a good meal in years.

Tcf12
Tcf12

I am very glad to read that Ra and Stingray are missing from this list. Ra and Stingray are over priced, pretentious, and unaware that their businesses are lousy. It is great to see that the complacent owners, employers, managers, etc at Stingray and Ra provide opportunity for lots of other sushi businesses to open and thrive.

I love America - Competition humbles all!

Hibrie
Hibrie

How is Yen not on this list?!

elektron
elektron

Im sorry but the Phoenix New Times always seems to have shitty food picks.  I personally think Yen at 43rd ave and Bell should be on a best suhsi list.

Jor
Jor

She looks like those hairless cats

Saintless Dave
Saintless Dave

New Times has boring shitty news story's etc etc pretty much its a waste of time to read any of this NT shit dribble.

Saintless Dave
Saintless Dave

 She needs to be slapped hard for looking like that.

thebarbecuemast
thebarbecuemast

is she wearing a top? or did she spill soy sauce in her blouse?

Guestofaguest
Guestofaguest

. . . and oddly mesmerizing. Weirdest-looking skank I've ever laid eyes on.

Saintless Dave
Saintless Dave

 Thats what you will look like if you eat out an old sour unwashed pussy so remember that son.

Anon
Anon

That was a good cross section of places, LOSER

guest
guest

it's drivel, not dribble. but everything else looks righteous and true.

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