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Feb 28, 2010 05:17 PM

Which grocery store in OC has the best sushi?

I'm not picky and I'll eat almost anything as long as it's not too bad. Yes, I already know that grocery store sushi doesn't compare to a restaurant but I don't care.

Out of all the common grocery stores; Albertsons, Ralphs, Fresh & Easy, Trader Joe's, who has the best sushi?

Somewhere in Huntington Beach please and not Whole Foods in Irvine because it's too far. I'm lazy and I only feel like driving to stores within 2 miles of where I live ; Trader Joe's, Ralphs, Albertsons, Fresh & Easy etc

I am especially curious about the Fresh & Easy sushi... what is that like?

What about the Pavilions on Beach blvd?

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  1. Try Murakai on Harbor in Costa Mesa. It is a Japanese Fish Market way better than Ralphs, Albertsons. Also when you talk about store brought sushi are you talking about rolls or nigiri?

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    1. re: karynx78

      I'm talking about refrigerated rolls... I know it's not high quality or the tastiest but I'm lazy and I often see refrigerated sushi at Pavilions when grocery shopping and it looks tempting. I live close to Bella Terra. I may sound super lazy but I think even driving to Harbor is too far. I want to stick around places within 5 minutes of my house... lol Going to Costa Mesa will take at least 15 minutes and then I have to drive back too and that's another 15 min... I just want to get the sushi when doing my regular grocery shopping, not drive somewhere out of the way. I'm not one of those people who will drive to another city just for food (unless it's right next to me); I'm lazy.

      I prefer to get the sushi from a grocery store right next to my house. The ones within 5 minutes to me are : Fresh & Easy, Paviilions, there is another Vons 5 min away, Trader Joe's (more like 10 minutes away but I can handle that, at least it's still in HB). I was just wondering out of these places which ones are the best for refrigerated sushi rolls?

      1. re: jackie100

        What about Sieu Thi Thuan Phat? It's just on the other side of the 405 from you in Westminster.

        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          I didn't know a Vietnamese grocery store would have sushi. I'm actually Vietnamese but I don't shop at Vietnamese grocery stores at all, I prefer regular American places like Trader Joe's and Vons etc. I don't like going into Viet places even though I'm Viet... I just find the stores not as upscale and the people too loud... It just sort of irritates me. I don't like the environment even though, yes I am Asian. I prefer regular chains.

          Does anyone know if the Vons/Pavilions sushi any good? Or is the rice super hard and sour?

        2. re: jackie100

          I know it requires a second stop, but what about take-out from a local sushi place near the Market? I do take-out from one of my local places. Just give them a call about 15 minutes before you get there and they have it packed and ready to go, for about the same price as whatever you will get in the market. You have the advantage of getting fresher fish and a better variety of rolls.

      2. They do have refrigerated sushi at Costco and Sam's Club for about $6 or so. Not the greatest but it's California style sushi. I think Ibisu Market in Fountain Valley may have some? Not too familiar with the OC markets. I do know Marukai has it at all of their chains but it's a membership store.

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        1. re: Clinton

          I don't have a membership to Sams or Costco. I'm single (and intend to stay that way) indefinitely so I have no need to buy anything in bulk. I was wondering in particular about Vons/Pavilions or Fresh N Easy. Or maybe Albertsons.

          1. re: jackie100

            They're all going to be about the same (crappy) level of sushi. Dry, dry, dry.

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              Ok..... I had Kabuki's tonight, it came down to $5.17 with tax for one spicy tuna roll which I guess isn't extremely expensive compared to grocery store sushi places.

              Hope I didn't offend anyone with the Viet grocery store thing.. I just have an aversion to those type of places because I was forced to go with my my mother and grandma as a child and teen (when I was a teen I would have much rather stayed home) and thus I have an aversion to Asian grocery stores. Mainly because I don't get along with her (and no longer have a relationship with her by choice). I just associate Asian grocery stores with my sucky childhood and horrid teenage years. I don't ever want to step inside one again.

              1. re: jackie100

                Sorry to hear about your earlier growing up years. I have just the opposite. Love to explore ethnic markets and "feel" other cultures. As for better take out sushi in our southland, if you ever venture away from where you live, take a mini "vacation" and visit Gardena on Redondo Beach Blvd. to a place called Sakae Sushi across the Pacific Square between Western and Normandie Avenues. They make sushi to order mainly for takeout. Probably the most popular among the locals here in the South Bay. They've been there since the beginning of time...

                1. re: jackie100

                  Not a problem, and I'm glad you found something that will work for you.

                  My concern was mostly that when you limit the parameters too much, you effectively reduce the chances of finding something that works to zero. There is good sushi near you, but it isn't in grocery stores. There is good grocery store sushi (relatively speaking), but it isn't near you.

                  Your title asked for grocery store sushi in OC, which is why you got the Costa Mesa recommendations. Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons all probably get their grocery store sushi from the same group of vendors, and because it's not terribly popular it tends to sit out and get dry and sour.

                  One place I didn't suggest but should have is Trader Joe's... on the entire range of sushi it's not particularly good, but as supermarket sushi goes it's decent. The nearest one to you is in Five Points on Beach/Ellis/Main, but honestly if you're going to go there you might as well get Hashigo (in the same plaza) to go.

              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                It will be a little closer to me then.

            1. Ok, I take it back. I went to Sieu Thi Thuan Phat and got the sushi and it's so gooooood. It's much better than Fresh n Easy and the rice isn't hard or anything. They made it fresh while I was standing there. It's really amazingly good. lol And close to my house too. I'll probably go there a lot for sushi.

              $4 for 1 roll or $6 for 2. I chose to get 1 roll because two would be too much food. The roll is freakin huge. I don't know if it's as good as Kabuki's... I can't really tell. It's better than Fresh & Easy though.

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              1. re: jackie100

                I'm glad you came back to update, and glad you were able to face your childhood demons and come up with acceptable sushi!