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Jan 4, 2009 07:00 PM

teriyaki (PHX)

Hi folks,

Are there any recs for Teriyaki joints in the valley. I know I've bored everyone with this before but we did live in Oly, WA for many years and among other restaurants, enjoyed a local chain called Happy Teriyaki. This isn't gourmet fare for sure but after a recent family visit and re-introduction to the local cuisine I had to ask. The couple of places we've tried in Mesa didn't match up, to say the least, and we gave up looking 5 or 6 years ago. Most decent teriyaki rests will also offer good bulgogi. Thanks in advance.


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  1. hi doug,

    do you mind if i ask a question for clarification? usually teriyaki is associated with japanese food and bulgogi with korean. are you looking for a fusion kind of place or more of a teriyaki flavor to grilled meats *like bulgogi*?

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    1. re: winedubar

      Like Ziggly mentions below, in the NW these are little corner places, often found in small strip malls. The specialty is usually teriyaki chicken served with steamed cabbage and rice on the side. Many of these little joints offer combo plates with different types of teriyaki meats and tempura. A few even offer bulgogi with a Japanese twist. There are some suggestions below that we will try soon.

      1. re: Doug in Mesa

        mmmmmm that sounds delicious!!! i'm making a note of these spots. please report back - i'd love to hear how they compare!!

    2. Doug, we came here from Seattle 8 years ago and dearly miss the corner teriyaki places as well. Have never found anything truly resembling the places we'd frequent up there. The one around the corner from us in Kirkland had the best bulgolgi so I really do get what you're looking for!

      The closest we've found is Tokyo House on Alma School and Warner(NE corner). When I was working in Tempe I also used to pick up lunch from Tokyo Stop at University and Priest and thought it was pretty good.

      I'll be watching this thread for other suggestions.

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      1. re: ziggylu

        When we were slogging through the snow last week we stopped at a Teriyaki place in Tillicum near the military bases. It was so good it got the gears turning to find something in AZ. We were staying with Judy's mother in Kirkland. Next trip up we'll look for the place you mentioned. For now, first stop will be Tokyo House. Thanks for the tip.

      2. So we're talking about fast food places, then? If so, have you tried Blue Fin? I don't think they have bulgogi, but I've enjoyed their teriyaki bowls for two decades.

        Blue Fin
        1401 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

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        1. re: silverbear

 reviewed Yasada Bento Box on Adams St a while back.
          I haven't been so I can't comment on the food.

          A friend that works downtown swears by that place.

          They seem to have more than just teriyaki....curries, bulgogi,.....

          1. re: ciaogal

            Thanks for reminding me. I do like Yasda.

            1. re: silverbear

              Place link

              Yasda Bento
              18 W Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85003

              1. re: silverbear

                Just confirmed that Yasda serves bulgogi in additoin to teriyaki.

            2. re: silverbear

              I have to second silverbear's recommendation of Blue Fin; their food is truly wonderful. Everything that I've had there has been fresh, delicious and really makes any other Japanese "fast food" restaurant pale in comparison. To top it off, they honestly have the friendliest service I've had anywhere.

              1. re: rxenergie

                Ditto this rec by silverbear and rxenergie. Blue Fin is even better now that the light rail is up and running.

            3. Yogi's Grill on Camelback & 16th st.
              It is a fast food chain place. Don't know about the other locations but this one is clean and food is very decent. The teriyaki has a nice grill taste to it and not much sauce on the meat which is what I prefer. They also offer other standard Japanese-ish fast food rolls, noodles etc. You can find the menu at

              1. I asked the Chowhounders the same question (at least similair) previously.

                You will find some useful info here: