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Hello again,

Thanks for the tips of cherries and cheeses!

Now onto sushi... I have a friend visiting who, I know, is going to want to hit the good sushi joints. He and I agree that sushi should have nothing to do with glamour. In fact, we are both of the opinion that sushi is usually best served from a hole in the wall, where the prices are good and the fish is out of this world.

Any tips?



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  1. If you want cheap hole in the wall, sounds like Musashi is your place. It's in Wallingford. Go early or expect to wait cause it's tiny. Not my favorite sushi, but certainly a value. My more frugal friends swear by this place.

    1. You might want to check this out of towner review of his visit to Kisaku.

      Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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      1. re: windsor

        Thanks for linking that review. I still get the chills when I think of that first time at Kisaku, so LOVELY and decadent! I can't wait to go back :-)

      2. Oh and you might want to visit their website.

        Link: http://www.kisaku.com/kisaku/

        1. If you want low price sushi, then Sushiland in Bellevue is the place to go. $1, $1.50, $2, and $3 plates on the conveyor belt. Lots of Japanese tourists/ex-pats/salarymen eat there. Not the best, but for the money, it fills your belly with contentedness.

          Azuma in W. Seattle is my favorite neighborhood joint. Musashi in Wallingford is a good like the previous poster says, IF you can get into the place.

          1. I think that Chiso has the best sushi in town. It's priced comparably to Kisaku and the others, the service is fantastic and it has a great atmosphere. You'd be more than happy...

            1. Hana on Broadway is cheap, about a buck a piece. It's not the best but it is a good value.

              1. Mashiko in West Seattle is very good--funky, fun atmosphere. The chef is young, very inventive, somewhat arrogant, but the fish is very fresh, portions large, and not too too expensive.

                Saito's (on 2nd Ave) is AMAZING. I have yet to figure out why it isn't always bustling when I go, but they have the best fish ever.

                1. My vote is for Ototo!! Awesome sushi, appetizers and entrees! I also like Maneki for cooked Japanese food.

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                  1. re: karen2006

                    When I last visited Seattle, we went to Ototo. I've had a lot of sushi over the years, and Ototo really is at the top of my list. Really delicious sushi, sashimi, and entrees. Their cooked fish was fall-of-the-bone buttery. Large portions and beautiful presentation. Delicious desserts, too.

                  2. I have had some great sashimi and sushi at Hiroshi's on Eastlake; it is in one of two strip malls on that stretch of road, but it's a bit large to be a hole in the wall.

                    1. Don't usually believe in Discount or cheap sushi, but I would have to agree with Sushiland in Bellevue. Nothing special but you'll end up walking away full.

                      1. If you are going for the CHEAP sushi, Hana is better than Musashi. I know folks like Musashi, but I swear they are the last stop for the fish truck. All the fish tastes the same. I go to Hana when I'm too hungry to really savor the fish, and I just want a load of food. For a traditional sushi place with AMAZING fish, try Toyoda sushi in Lake City. They usually have toro on special, and when they do, definitely order it. Who would think fish could be so buttery? They also make a great tataki. Hiroshi's is fine, but not outstanding. I've actually eaten lunch there a fair amount, but if you only have one or two sushi meals while your friend is visiting, I might choose something else. The place in West Seattle is also great - a bit more unconventional than Toyoda.