Hana Japanese Eatery Makes Travel + Leisure's Best Sushi Restaurants in U.S.

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Hana Japanese Eatery
Hana Japanese Eatery, the charming Central Phoenix neighborhood hangout from brother-sister team Lori and "Chef Koji" Hashimoto, is in the news for the second time this month. First, it was named one of Zagat's 10 Best Restaurants in Phoenix and Scottsdale. Now, Hana's been dubbed one of the 20 Best Sushi Restaurants in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure magazine.

See also: - Zagat's 10 Best Restaurants in Phoenix and Scottsdale Gets Some Right, Overlooks Others
- Tastemakers 2012: Lori Hashimoto

Travel + Leisure's list includes a range of options from across the country -- from more modern offerings to simple, but pristine fare -- and aimed at all budgets.

Here's what they had to say about Hana.

"While Phoenix boasts plenty of trendy places serving rolls upon rolls of rice wrapped in seaweed and fish, only a few stand out. At Hana, which is located in a nondescript strip mall, you feel like you've randomly walked into someone's personal dining room. That changes when you taste chef Koji Hashimoto's sushi, whether it's red snapper or mackerel, with fish regularly flown in and artfully prepared. Standouts include the Hana roll with shrimp, crab, and pickled root with tempura flakes. You'll feel like a regular after your first visit."

To see the complete slide show of Travel + Leisure's Best Sushi Restaurants in U.S., go to their website.

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Location Info

Hana Japanese Eatery

5524 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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When this restaurant first opened, I was working as a concierge at the Arizona Biltmore and tried the restaurant myself. I declared it the best sushi in Arizona immediately and quite frankly I am surprised it took this long for Hana to gain national notariety. I eventually had to stop recommending the restaurant simply for the lack of a liquor license, and I do not know if this has changed but it was a major drawback for the out of town clientele, though something that will ensure this will stay a local gem for the duration of its life as a restaurant.


Congratulations to Hana. I've been a devotee just about since they opened about 5 years ago, and I'm very happy to see the various local and national recognitions of their hard work rolling in over the past few years. A very low key, neighborhood place that is nothing fancy (much less Scottsdale flashy) but demonstrates a commitment to the freshest, highest quality fish artfully and creatively prepared. The kitchen items are also very, very good...the Hana lobster just melts in your mouth. Way to go team Hana!  

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