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Japanese Food in Alabama?

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I'm looking for good Japanese food in Alabama, or as close as possible. Not steak houses so much, although I'm grateful for all recommendations - more sushi places, robatikus, even teriyaki joints. I'd also like to find a good place for basic Japanese ingredients - like good fresh ginger, the heavy, moist kind, not the lighweight, dried-out, stringy husks I've seen in local grocery stores.

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  1. Jinsei at SOHO in Homewood has excellent sushi.

    1. Go down U.S. 280 to Kimono. Tell Leo, the sushi chef/owner, that you want to eat like a Japanese person or merely ask for omakase. You'll be in for a treat. I've done that and have been treated to specialty items they reserve only for their Japanese customers.

      Jinsei also is great and probably is able to do the same thing.

      1. I can say that most of the places in the montgomery area are lame. I do enjoy montgomery korean though-
        http://montgomeryunite.informe.com/fo...