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lucywellington Jul 21, 2011 08:17 PM

I've been on a sushi kick lately. It *seems* healthy, and recent health issues have forced me to only indulge in clean, simple entrees that have less spices and sauces.

I haven't lived in Atlanta long, but long enough to realize that there aren't that many good sushi places in this landlocked city that I can frequent on a regular basis. All I'm asking for is good fresh fish that won't make me sick and won't break the bank- too much to ask? And why aren't more sushi places open for lunch on the weekends?!? Searching "sushi" has been a hit or miss endeavor so far. Here's what I experienced to date:

My fave- Gekko Sushi (@ Glen Iris & North in Old Fourth Ward): it's on my way home, it's so affordable with their happy hour discounted menu, their fish is very fresh, and their sushi rolls are creative and tasty...it makes me a little sad that more people haven't discovered this awesome place.

Ra Sushi- more of a fake sushi place, with lots of fried appetizers and a giant cocktail menu...it's more of a bar scene, with a good location in Midtown.

MF Sushibar- I agree, the sushi here is spectacular, but it's also spectacular on the wallet.

Zuma- good sometimes, bad sometimes...inconsistent.

RuSans- Don't even go there...$1 sushi scares me

Yu-ka in Buckhead- Open for lunch on weekend for me to get bento! But just average.

The place in Decatur Square- Eck- they served me HOT sushi.

Whole Foods or any other supermarket sushi- I choked on the cold rice.

What are your favorites? ITP please- even better if I don't have to get on the Connector.

  1. jboeke Jul 22, 2011 05:25 AM

    I still really like Taka on Pharr in Buckhead, but it's also a bit pricy. Less expensive is Genki, but they're much more "sushi for the masses" in my opinion.

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    Genki Restaurant & Bar
    3186 Roswell Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305

    1. ted Jul 22, 2011 07:48 AM

      Miso Izakaya is in that neck of the woods. I think Nakato on Cheshire does a pretty good job, too. Neither is cheap, but maybe not as much as Taka or MF.

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      Miso Izakaya
      619 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

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        katforsure Jul 27, 2011 09:32 PM

        I had the best meal of my entire life at MF Sushi for Mothers Day. We had a traditional sashimi bowl followed by plates and plates of what the waitress called "new style". It was incredible. We had originally planned to go to Sotto Sotto but our show at the Alliance was longer than we expected and we had to let our reservations go, so went to MF instead. That was a very happy accident.

        I dream about that sushi. All other sushi pales by comparison. Now I'm spoiled for life, everything else tastes like grocery store sushi. Sigh.

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        Sotto Sotto
        313 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307

        MF Sushibar
        265 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30308

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          horses2808 Sep 12, 2011 03:31 PM

          I went to Emory a while back and ate at Thaicoon all the time. Now that I have moved back to Atlanta, I have been going out of my way at least once a week for Thaicoon despite being much closer to MF, Gekko, Genki, Rusans and others. The food is awesome! The quality of the fish is excellent and there are lots of options. The thai food is also delicious. I have never had anything that was less than fantastic!

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          Thaicoon and Sushi Bar
          1799 Briarcliff Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30333

          Rusan's
          1529 Piedmont Ave NE Ste J, Atlanta, GA 30324

          Genki Restaurant & Bar
          3186 Roswell Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305

          1. Roswellgirl Nov 10, 2011 07:25 PM

            This owner/sushi chef is the best of the best. He studied under Sotto who now runs in the New York scene. Ask for the omakasi special. It will change your lefe. I've eaten sushi all over the country. Coast to coaste. Nothing beats Sakura. you won't be sorry!

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            Sakura
            1435 Thompson Bridge Rd Ste 9, Gainesville, GA 30501

            Sakura Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar
            4880 Lower Roswell Rd, Marietta, GA 30068

            4 Replies
            1. re: Roswellgirl
              foodiebuddha Nov 12, 2011 08:45 AM

              Hey Roswell Girl,
              Which one of Sakura's brothers did you hear worked under Soto? I keep a close eye on all the ex-employees from Soto and to my knowledge, neither of them spent anytime there.

              1. re: foodiebuddha
                Roswellgirl Nov 12, 2011 03:21 PM

                @ Foodiebuddah- his name is Tim Wijaya. Please let me know if that is incorrect. Ive heard it in many places.
                BTW, I'm a huge fan. I follow your blog and try many restaurants based on your recommendation. I'm feeling a little star struck.

                1. re: Roswellgirl
                  foodiebuddha Nov 13, 2011 06:02 PM

                  Hey Roswell Girl,
                  As far as I know, neither Wijaya nor Bazar worked at Soto, but I can't say I'm absolutely sure about that. Most of the guys from Soto funneled through a few other restaurants around town. It's possible that Wijaya and/or Bazar had a stint there, but I'm confident that neither spent a great deal of time there.

                  Taka spent a good bit of time working under soto. Haya-san, who know owns Sushi House Hayakawa, was at soto for a blip ... he really spent most of his time pre-Sushi House at MF Sushibar in Buckhead.

                  There are a few others that spent significant time at Soto, but they pretty much moved out of Atlanta when he did.

                  As for the flattery, I must humbly say thanks for reading. I'm glad that you find value in what I put out there and please don't hesitate to jump in and tell me when I'm being a dufus if you see it that way ;-). Cheers!!!!

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                  Sushi House Hayakawa
                  5979 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30340

                  1. re: foodiebuddha
                    Roswellgirl Nov 14, 2011 05:32 AM

                    @foodie buddah-I tried to research it myself, even asking the original person who told me so and them in turn chasing down who thy heard it from. I'm still hearing Tim worked there but I think I will, from now on, not refer to his resumè. Have ou ever eaten at the Sakura in east Cobb? I really havent had any better sushi. Now, I've eaten at tomo, and will say it was fantastic. It also cost nearly $200 for just my omakase and I think Tim is a fair comparison. If you ever do venture into my sushi haven, drop me a line. I'd love to either give you a recommendation or two, hear your after thoughts, or pull up a sushibar stool next to ya;) thanks for the brief brush of celebritism.:) I remain your loyal follower.

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                    Sakura
                    1435 Thompson Bridge Rd Ste 9, Gainesville, GA 30501

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