If you love sushi and Japanese food, please continue reading. If you don’t, or haven’t tried it yet but have an aversion to raw seafood and seaweed on cooked rice, stop now and read another blog about other food more to your tastes.
Back in July, 2009 I blogged about my favorite sushi restaurants in Tucson (click here). When we first got to the Old Pueblo in 1987, there were only a handful of Japanese restaurants, but later they started sprouting up all over town and sushi became very popular.
Here’s a comprehensive (more or less) list of the thirty and more Japanese restaurants in town, some with or without sushi bars. I once had the lofty (and expensive) goal of eating at every one, but I’m so far behind now as I haven’t been to about 1/3 of these new ones listed below:
Benihana, 6091 N. Oracle Rd., 297-5555 (update: closed March, 2010)
Fuku Sushi, 940 E. University Blvd, 798-3848
Fusion Wasabi, 250 S. Craycroft, #100, 747-0228
Ginza Sushi & Izakaya, 5425 N. Kolb Rd. #115, 529-8877
Hibachi-san, 4500 N. Oracle, 407-8296 (Tucson Mall)
Ichiban, 64 N. Harrison Rd., 393-7777
Ikkyu, 2040 W. Orange Grove, 297-9011
Kampai, 4689 E. Speedway Blvd, 325-6552 (now called Bushi as of March, 2011)
Kampai North, 6486 N. Oracle, 219-6550
Kazoku, 4210 E. Speedway, 777-6249
Kyo, 9040 E. Valencia Rd., 663 – 3717
Oishi Sushi, 7002 E. Golf Links Rd., 790-9439
On a Roll, 63 E. Congress St., 622-7655
RA Sushi , 2905 E. Skyline Dr, 615-3970
Sachiko, 1101 N. Wilmot Rd. #109, 886-7000
Sachiko Sushi, 3210 E. Valencia, 741-1000
Saga, 2955 E. Speedway Blvd, 320 – 0535
Sakura, 6534 E. Tanque Verde Rd., 298 – 7777
Samurai, 3912 N. Oracle Rd., 293-1963
Sarku Japan, 5870 E. Broadway, #556, 790-0818 (Park Place)
Shogun, 5036 N. Oracle, 888-6646
Sushi Cho, 1830 E. Broadway, 628-8800
Sushi Garden, 15 North Alvernon Way, 326-4700 (moving to Broadway/Country Club)
Sushi Garden North, 7401 N. La Cholla, 877-8744 (Foothills Mall)
Sushi Hama, 3971 N. Oracle Rd. 888-6763
Sushi King, 1800 E. Ft. Lowell, 321-4000
Sushi on Oracle, 6449 N. Oracle Rd., 297-3615
Sushi Ten, 4500 E. Speedway, 324-0010
Sushi Tran, 9725 N. Thornydale, 579-6604
Sushi Yukari, 5655 E. River Rd. #151, 232-1393
Takamatsu, 5525 E. Speedway, 512-0800 – closed August 2010, renovating
Tatsu Sushi, 7332 N. Oracle, 219-6989
Yamato, 857 E. Grant Rd., 624-3377
Yoshimatsu/Sushimatsu, 2660 N. Campbell, 320-1574
Yuki’s, 2962 N. Campbell, 326-7727
Blogger “Tucson Metromix” ran an online poll in January, and Sushimatsu won as best sushi restaurant in town. Its companion restaurant Yoshimatsu also won the 9/24/09 Tucson Weekly’s Best of Tucson category for Japanese restaurant. So eating there you can get two great deals.
I know this list probably isn’t complete, so readers, please let me know of other restaurants I may have missed or if you agree with the polls above. I also didn’t list the fast food places like Yokohama’s many Asian Express rice bowl outlets, and Tokyo Rice Bowl on Campbell and Glenn (because they’re more Chinese than Japanese).
And also keep in mind that some of these restaurants combine other Asian food with Japanese food on the menu, such as Korean bbq at Takamatsu, which isn’t quite authentic.
But I bet you can find a tasty Japanese restaurant somewhere near you from this long selection. And if you like the upscale look, check out Fusion Wasabi and/or RA.