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I Love Sushi

I LOVE SUSHI
6001 San Mateo NE, Suite F4, Albuquerque, NM 87109
(505) 883-3618

For chef and owner, Tom Yun, the name says it all. This sushi bar is crowned with tow soothing mood fountains, and the goods are served with fiery wasabi and tart picked ginger. The experience begins with a traditional Japanese greeting at the door. Duely welcomed, you might treat yourself to a chilled squid salad, while the non-sushi eater in your party awaits a taste sensation such as Tonkatsu, a fried breaded pork cutlet served with dipping sauce. Of course, the focus of this eatery is unquestionably the sushi, which will thrill any adventurous diner with its quality and flavor. Lunch for two can be had for around $20.

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Kaz Sushi Bistro

Kaz Sushi Bistro
1915 I Street NW, Washington, DC 20006
(202) 530-5500

Kaz Okochi was head chef at Sushi-Ko for 10 years before starting up his own restaurant, Kaz Sushi Bistro. At this I Street eatery—bustling with World Bank employees at lunch and Washington foodies at dinner—Chef Okochi offers his unique blend of “Free Style Japanese Cuisine.” More than just your traditional Japanese fare, the sushi at Kaz’s bring Western ingredients and techniques to the table in an “east meets west” menu that has won over nearly every DC food critic. This is the place for adventurous sushi fans who demand top-quality fish, presentation, and sake selection.

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Nobu’s Japanese Restaurant

NOBU’S JAPANESE RESTAURANT
8643 Olive Blvd
St Louis, MO 63132
(314) 997-2303

Nobu’s Japanese Restaurant is located just west of St. Louis’ Chinatown in what was an abandoned IHOP. While the chain’s signature blue roof remains, no smell of bacon and eggs linger at Nobu’s. Created in 1993 by Noboru Kidera, the sushi chef oversees the longstanding sushi spot, one of St. Louis’ first. While Nobu’s offers sushi favorites such as maguro (tuna), ebi (shrimp) and sake (salmon), those with an adventurous palate may wish to try the awabi (abalone), hirame (fluke) and aoyagi (orange clam). The salmon belly or jaw and mackerel are also highly recommended for those who like more fatty fish.

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Thrive

By Thomas McCabe

Thrive Restaurant
1026 NE 65th Street
Seattle, Washington 98115
(206) 525-0300

When it comes to raw foods restaurants in the Seattle, Washington area, the most well - known establishment by far, is Thrive Restaurant. Fairly small in size, Thrive offers a casual and relaxed atmosphere and a warm and soothing decor. A true raw foods restaurant, Thrive observes raw and live foods methods and practices, including heating no foods above 118 degrees. No animal products are used in the preparation of any food items here and virtually all of the fresh and organic dishes served here are raw. Whenever available, organic ingredients, except for young coconuts are used at this family - friendly Seattle, Washington eatery.

All of the food products at Thrive are of very high quality and are always creatively - presented. This raw foods restaurant uses and serves both alkaline and purified water and offers a 100% Gluten - Free menu. Prices here are very reasonable and portions are large. Lunch and dinner are served daily at Thrive and all menu items are available for take - out service.

The inventive menu at Thrive offers a range of soups, salads and appetizers that are always great meal - starters. Raw soups here include Sweet Surrender, which is an organic tomato soup made with basil, celery, onion and spices and Oh My Thai, which is a creamy soup made with young coconuts, herbs, vegetables and spices. Appetizers such as Veggie Plate, served with choice of dipping sauces and “Crack - A - Lackin’”, which consists of Baja Dip and Almond Ricotta Dip are very flavorful and well - portioned.

Among the fresh garden salads that are featured at Thrive are the Mighty Thai, with cabbage, carrots, cashews and dates in a peanut - style sauce and Hungry No More with baby greens, spinach and an assortment of fresh vegetables. All salads here can be enjoyed as either side dishes or entrees and are available with tasty dressings such as their House Lemon Tahini or Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Standout menu items at Thrive Restaurant include their unique Warm Grain Bowls, among others. Their “Awaken” bowl features steamed Bhutanese red rice or quinoa, with marinated kale, avocado, toasted nori, scallions and seasonal vegetables in a Sesame - Ginger sauce. The “Thrivalicious” bowl features steamed Bhutanese red rice or quinoa, guacamole, salsa, fresh seasonal vegetables and onion cashew cream.

Just some of the other delicious raw items served at this Seattle restaurant are Chili Con Marvelous, a spicy and healthy homemade chili made with nuts, herbs and fresh veggies, which is served on a bed of greens and topped with Onion Cashew Cream, Oh Pastadoro, which is Angel Hair zucchini, with an organic sweet tomato sauce topped with “Rawmesan” and Teriyaki Noodles, which are kelp noodles in teriyaki sauce, with fresh veggies and cashews.

Thrive Restaurant is also well - known for serving some of the best raw smoothies and healthy beverages in the Seattle area. Some of the outrageously - delicious smoothie varieties served here are Coconut, Almond - Coconut, Green Smoothie, Coconut - Pineapple - Agave, “Berry Delicious” and “Creamsicle”. Other beverages served at Thrive include Almond Milk, Coconut Water, Ginger - Lemon Tea, “Green Goodness” and several types of juices.

Don’t overlook the raw desserts at Thrive. Raw desserts here include Tiramisu Magic, Mocha Latte Heaven, Strawberry Indulgence and Cacao Bliss Pudding. Open seating is offered at this raw foods restaurant, but reservations are accepted for special occasions and / or parties of six or more.

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Opal Restaurant & Bar

OPAL RESTAURANT AND BAR
1325 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 966.9676

Opal Restaurant and Bar describes its cuisine as “Eclectic California”. How else could one describe such dishes as Tiger Prawn Pizza and Pesto-Sautéed Bay Scallop Salad? Delicious, that’s how. Try an inventive aperitif in the cozy bar area (recommended: the “Thai-chee-ni,” a concoction of chile-infused vodka and lychee juice). Opal is micromanaged by Richard Yates and Tina Takaya, who obviously put a great deal of thought into every facet of the customer experience. Drop in for an innovative lunch salad, or a drink before taking in a performance at the Arlington Theater next door.

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Old Fisherman’s Grotto

Fisherman’s Grotto
39 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940
Phone:
(831) 375-4604

Last weekend my husband and I took a drive up the coast to Monterey for our 1st Wedding Anniversary. The Old Fisherman’s Grotto was receommended by the hotel, one of the stores on the Warf and several others we spoke with so we decided to eat there. The service was impeccable, the food was good quality, nice romantic atmosphere overlooking the water. The menu is varied, rack of lamb, steak, seafood and I beleive there was even pasta.  I will say the menu is pricey which we didn’t find out until we were already seated but I am glad that didn’t deter us. BUT again, they definitely have customer service mastered, every table was asked if they were celebrating a special occassion and anyone that was were presented with a very nice dessert.  When they brought the bill, the ladies received a pink rose.

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The Persian Garden

THE PERSIAN GARDEN CAFE - Vegetarian and Vegan
1335 W. Thomas Rd.  Phoenix
(602) 263-1915

This sister restaurant to the Green Leaf Café offers some of the same menu items, such as purple shoots and the spinach herb burger, but also an expanded menu that includes fresh juices such as carrot, apple-ginger, mango pomegranate and carrot-cucumber. There are pita sandwiches, kosher dishes, falafel and dolmeh (grape leaves stuffed with tabouli and cugurt), as well as tasty desserts such as vegetarian carrot cake and non-dairy Persian ice cream. Closer to downtown Phoenix, the Persian Garden Café is a great place for a business lunch or an intimate dinner.

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Fuji Mountain

by Genevieve Wheeler

FUJI MOUNTAIN
2030 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 751-0939

Japanese and Korean food meet and mingle in the beautiful three-story restaurant known as Fuji Mountain. This tower of taste delights offers a Sushi bar and tatami tables on the first floor, an intimate cocktail area on the second, and a sports bar on the third! Nestled in the heart of Center City on Chestnut Street, the Fuji Mountain food artists believe in staying true to the time-honored delicacy of Asian cuisine. They balance the unique flavors of Japan and Korea to perfection, and guide your taste buds to true harmony! At Fuji Mountain, one can find traditional sushi and sashimi dishes (which can be ordered in convenient combos or a la carte) alongside such Korean fare as Stir-fry Kimchi with Tofu and the most exotic barbeque ribs you’ll ever savor. High on your Fuji Mountain gotta-try list should be the Crazy Roll, a surreal blend of tuna, eel, cucumber, avocado, shrimp tempura, and flying fish roe!

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ICHIBAN

by Melody Carpenter

ICHIBAN
19 S. Orange Ave.
(407) 423-2688

Voted best sushi restaurant by the readers and the food critic of the Orlando Sentinel, 2000. Located in the hub of downtown, this small eatery is bustling during lunchtime with many white-collar sushi lovers. The inside atmosphere is enhanced with understated lighting and the stylish decor. You can sample the fare from a stool at the long sushi bar or at a table. The portions are substantial and the prices are reasonable. The sushi choices include cucumber, sea urchin, tuna, asparagus tempura, eel and the California roll. The sushi assortments are artfully presented in boxes with a variety of delicious sauces. The entrees include seafood tempura, sukiyaki and many combination platters. Make sure to get your reservations for dinner on the weekends, because this local hot spot can get jam-packed.

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La Peniche Restaurant

by Jewel Bush

La Peniche Restaurant
1940 Dauphine St., (504) 943-1460

For po-boys and New Orleans-style seafood as well as soups and appetizers, La Peniche is the place. The diner may come off as a dive, but don’t be discouraged, the food is quite yummy. There are daily lunch and dinner specials and the menu is all around tasty. The smoked sausage po-boys are good same as the soft-shell crab po-boys. The white bean and red bean meals are extra meaty, in true Crescent City fashion. The seafood platters boast an overwhelming bounty from the sea – shrimp, oysters and fish. The menu also includes cold cut sandwiches, chicken fingers and steaks.

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