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FoolieFoodie Nov 16, 2009 10:37 AM

Where are the cheapest sushi joints in town? As a broke college kid, quality isn't as important for me. Two places I go to:

1. Fat Fish (Happy Hour all plates 1/2 off, and after 8pm $2 all plates)
2. Sushi Mac (All sushi plates $3)

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Fat Fish
3300 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

Sushi Mac
8474 W 3rd St Ste 106, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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    LuluTheMagnificent Nov 18, 2009 10:45 AM

    what about the place in Larchmont Village? California sushi roll or something like that. I remember the prices being reasonable.

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      ecoppel Nov 18, 2009 09:53 AM

      Noshi Sushi in K-town! I made the trek from USC quite often as a broke college student myself. We're not talking $2/plate here, but you can get really good-sized, fresh rolls for $3. My friends and I regularly stuffed ourselves on about $15/person. Which, when you consider the price of some of those AYCE places, isn't bad at all.

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      Noshi Sushi
      4430 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004

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        trimtab Nov 18, 2009 11:19 AM

        Thanks Ecoppel! Noshi Sushi it is. When I used to go there in the mid to late 1980's I thought I'd found sushi nirvana as I was often the only non-asian in the place. No nonsense, no california rolls, pretty traditional then.

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        AlwaysEating22 Nov 18, 2009 09:33 AM

        Going cheap when it comes to sushi isn't always the best idea (food poisoning is AWFUL), but a great deal on great quality sushi is Crazy Tokyo in Tarzana. There is another one that is in Woodland Hills, but I have heard very mixed reviews about it, and have not actually been there myself. The Crazy Tokyo (between the Reseda and White Oak exits) in Tarzana has never been anything but delicious. The sushi chefs are very social and welcoming and the rolls are unique, delicious, and well-priced.

        As a sidenote, I went with a large group once, so we sat at a table rather than the sushi bar, and the chefs wait until ALL of the sushi is ready to bring it out. I'm a little impatient, especially when it comes to sushi, so I would sit at the bar where they give it to you as soon as it is made.

        Two excellent rolls to try: the Samurai Roll and the Kamikaze Roll.

        If you're ever looking for a speical splurge sushi place--Geisha House definitely has some great-quality fish and beautiful presentations. Good luck & enjoy!

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          Harry Nile Nov 18, 2009 10:36 AM

          Food poisoning certainly "is AWFUL," as AlwaysEating22 says, but why would it be any more LIKELY with cheap sushi than with cheap burgers or tacos? As that old NY Times story (referenced above) points out, except for tuna, all sushi served in the U.S., whether by arrogant $500/dinner omigodse chefs or by some buck-a-plate wizard on the corner, must be made from fish that has been frozen (to kill parasites). I don't know if the meats at most burger and taco places have been similarly protected during farm-to-joint transport. Sushi fish can sit around in a freezer for a couple of years in some cases and still be safe -- if safety, rather than quality, is the concern -- as long as it's used soon after thawing. Of course, sushi restaurants also have to take good care of condiments and other accompaniments, as with burger and taco joints.

        2. wilafur Nov 18, 2009 08:26 AM

          oh yeah, there is also hara sushi in west la/brentwood. they have 50% off nigiri and maki rolls along with 50% off beer/sake.

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            trimtab Nov 17, 2009 04:35 PM

            Have to admit to hitting Ichiban in La Canada for decent, cheap sushi fix. Their half-price menu serves perfectly adequate basic tuna, yellowtail, salmon, eel, clam and rolls. Since I've moved out of the area I can't remember the name of another very reasonable sushi place on Beverly Blvd., just east of Western on the south side of the street. Cash only.

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            Ichiban
            120 S Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91204

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              archer Nov 17, 2009 11:14 AM

              It is possible to eat excellent sushi w/out breaking the bank. Sushi Don Sasabune in Studio City (on Laurel Canyon) has great fish (it's the lower priced alternative to pricey Sasabune). Combo specials include 5 pieces of sushi +roll for 9.95 or sushi + substantial donburi bowl for $13.95. Something of a storefront, may be better for take-out than eat-in & they keep prices down by not offering a wide variety of fish, but what they have is excellent (I recently enjoyed wonderful, rich tuna & yellowtail there). http://www.sushi-don.com/

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              Sushi Don Sasabune
              4816 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Valley Village, CA 91607

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                Veggietales Nov 17, 2009 08:11 PM

                I second on Sushi Don Sasabune. The quality of fish superb for the price, the rice is delicate and served warm, nigiri and rolls. Besides the great B combo for $9.95 (I always get it with spicy scallop roll), their salad with tuna or your fish of choice is huge and delicious.

                I try to go at least 4-5 times a month to support this gem.

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                Sushi Don Sasabune
                4816 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Valley Village, CA 91607

                Sasabune
                12400 Wilshire Blvd Ste 150, Los Angeles, CA 90025

              2. Servorg Nov 17, 2009 03:59 AM

                http://www.midorisushi.net/ with 3 locations (the Sherman Oaks venue is linked below).

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                Midori Sushi
                13905 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

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                  Jwsel Nov 17, 2009 10:13 AM

                  If you are going to go the AYCE route, Midori is by far the best option. It's far better than Sushi Mac which is utterly vile.

                  Heck, I'd go to Todai for all you can eat with some sushi options before Sushi Mac.

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                  mc michael Nov 16, 2009 08:40 PM

                  As long as we are talking cheap sushi, why does the supermarket/Costco sushi always have all these seeds on the outside of the slices of roll, etc.? What's the point?

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                    creamfinger Nov 17, 2009 12:34 AM

                    The Sesame Seed Act of 1804 requires all non-Japanese markets to cover their sushi rolls with sesame seeds. So you see... it's the law!

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                      JBC Nov 17, 2009 04:30 AM

                      That Act was repeeled when the Japanese voted to change their Diet in 1947.

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                        J.L. Nov 17, 2009 08:18 AM

                        Hehehe good one.

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                        mc michael Nov 17, 2009 02:34 PM

                        You're funny. You've already generated 2 google entries for this story.

                    2. ipsedixit Nov 16, 2009 08:30 PM

                      Try Sushi Delight on the corner of Adams and Normandie (northwest of USC)

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                      Sushi Delight
                      1666 1/2 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007

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                        mc michael Nov 16, 2009 06:07 PM

                        Hide on Sawtelle is good and cheap. Cash only though.

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                          westsidegal Nov 16, 2009 08:02 PM

                          hide isn't as cheap as the places eFoolieFoodie is already going to, but, of course, the quality at hide is much, much higher.

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                            mc michael Nov 16, 2009 08:10 PM

                            Well, there's always the $15 sashimi lunch special at Sushi Gen which I must say I enjoyed today (and could not finish).

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                              westsidegal Nov 17, 2009 02:21 PM

                              gotta get there to try that.
                              have to admit, i've never encountered any good quality sashimi meal that i could not finish.
                              last time i had sashimi at musha, my meal ended up costing $40 all in with NO beverages
                              (had the saba and the yellowtail sashimi and a salad).

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                                Mr Taster Nov 18, 2009 10:02 AM

                                I've had the $16 lunch special at Sushi Gen several times. There is a similar but more generously portioned meal served at dinner for about $24. Either way it's a great deal for some solid quality fish, a few small appetizers (of the pickled veggie variety) and a decent miso soup. When my wife and I go, we order a couple of their cooked dishes or cut rolls to supplement the special, and we share the whole thing. We can get out of there for about $30 all in, and generally feel quite satisfied... not hungry but not overstuffed either.

                                Mr Taster

                        2. wilafur Nov 16, 2009 04:35 PM

                          kuru kuru in ktown is dirt cheap.

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                            Juji Nov 16, 2009 04:27 PM

                            Have to say, I really like the Fishlips sushi truck. Especially the temari. They are a bit heavy on the rice on the rolls for my liking, but it's easy to scrape some of it off.

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                              Clyde Nov 17, 2009 02:34 PM

                              yes, exactly! i like fish lips a lot and also remove the rice b/c they sure do put a lot of it on.

                            2. liu Nov 16, 2009 04:09 PM

                              You Hounds are pretty funny!
                              Seriously -- for just a moment -- some good sushi can be found at certain markets. Look for the stores that make it fresh every day. Bristol Farms is quite good and not too expensive for the quality. Also, there is a Ralph's Fresh Fare supermarket in Westlake Village (I can vouch only for that particular store, but perhaps others make it fresh as well) that has really good boxed sushi at good prices; it can be made to order or you can purchase it from their fresh case. Gelson's sushi is good, too!

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                                Bjartmarr Nov 16, 2009 03:59 PM

                                Lighthouse Buffet in Santa Monica (Arizona @ 2nd) used to be AYCE for around $20, which included sushi. I haven't been there for six or eight years, though, so the price has probably gone up a bit.

                                I only mention it because you said, "quality isn't as important for me". Fair warning.

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                                Lighthouse Buffet
                                201 Arizona Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                                1. J.L. Nov 16, 2009 03:30 PM

                                  Cheap fish - $3 a plate.

                                  ER visit for gastroenteritis - $a lot more.

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                                    westsidegal Nov 16, 2009 06:08 PM

                                    priceless, j.l!

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                                    silverlakebodhisattva Nov 16, 2009 11:25 AM

                                    I'm REALLY leery of "bargain sushi", and particularly AAYE sushi, but, Gen's table-service lunch special (get there early, and expect to wait if you don't) and Noshi are the only "sushi bargains" that I trust consistently, though I note that Octopus (downtown) has a "50% off" weekday sushi lunch list...

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                                      Jelly71 Nov 16, 2009 11:19 AM

                                      there are 2 things one should never bargain shop for:

                                      1.) birth control
                                      2.) fish

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                                        LA Buckeye Fan Nov 16, 2009 02:13 PM

                                        Funny. I would also add..parachutes.

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                                          Harry Nile Nov 16, 2009 04:49 PM

                                          There's nothing wrong with cheap sushi, because all the fish except tuna comes out of a freezer. As long as the restaurant has cold storage, a band saw, and bowls of revitalizing warm water, it should be street legal and ready for business. Of course, so was the Edsel, but the kid said he didn't care about quality.

                                          I think most sushi fans know all that. If you want details, send small children from the room and read: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/08/nyr...

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                                            westsidegal Nov 16, 2009 06:08 PM

                                            i actually ate at sushi mac once.
                                            the fish was VILE.
                                            dunno if it was vile because it was from sushi mac or whether it was vile because it was cheap.

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