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Grills Lakeside Orlando

4315 N Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL 32804
(407) 291-8881
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We have always been fans of Grills. The Original Location in Port Canaveral is pretty hard to beat, with great seafood, and a view that’s even better. 

The Melbourne location is pretty good also, as it sits right on the river, so we were very excited to hear about a Grills Lakeside in Orlando.

With fifteen years in the charter and commercial fishing business, one of the most commonly asked questions has been: “Where is a good seafood restaurant?” Responding to the question was always difficult and often resulted in “showing off” some backyard grilled fish. The response from even those who said they “don’t like fish” was phenomenal, and the idea for Grills was born.

The finest quality local fish prepared using the healthiest and most delicious process available, marinating and grilling. After years of consideration and experimentation, Grills was built on the water’s edge of Sunrise Marina and opened in 1997.

Although they do serve coconut shrimp that is fried, you will be hard pressed to find anything else on the menu here that is fried. Grills is all about the Blackened or Grilled style of cooking for all of their seafood offerings. Grills serves up wings, steaks, pastas and chicken and steak kabobs as well, for all of you landlubbers out there.

We were very impressed overall with Grills Lakeside Orlando, as they have a great design and setup at this new location, it’s so good, that for a moment we almost thought we were in Port Canaveral. Inside is very spacious and they have a cool bar with an actual airboat hanging from the ceiling.

The outside deck area is also very spacious, with lots of seating and an additional outside bar. I wouldn't be surprised if this location of Grills becomes a hot spot during the spring and summer months with such a great outside setup overlooking Lake Fairview.


A few slices of Garlic and Parmesan Cheese Bread to get our evening started with a side of marinara sauce.

A pair of Grand Hurricanes with Bacardi Rum, Grand Marnier, pineapple juice, orange juice and Grenadine topped off with dark rum. You can get these in regular glasses, or these take home plastic cups like we did.

We really enjoyed the Tsunami Shrimp. These are large crispy fried shrimp drenched in a spicy Asian sauce with wasabi and ginger. Really great flavors, and just as good as the original location.

The grilled fish of the day special was fresh caught Tile fish, which is a very mild fish that is flaky and full of flavor. We opted to have it blackened and served with Tahiti Taters and steamed Island Veggies...all of it was really good.

We were craving some crab legs, so we got a half pound order of Snow Crab Clusters as a side option with the tile fish.

The Coconut Shrimp Dinner with Coconut Sticky Rice and steamed Island Veggies is always a go to dish...so good and tasty.

A newer item on the menu is the Tahitian Tuna Poke with seared tuna served on a bed of coconut sticky rice and topped with a blend of Asian sauces served with a side of seaweed salad.

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Well, the fried cheesecake looked and sounded good, but it was kind of bland and nothing to write home about. I think Grills gets all the dessert stuff pre-made, but I don't ever really go to Grills for desserts.

The size of Grills Seafood Deck Orlando is pretty impressive with high ceilings, plenty of room inside and even more space outside on the Swamp Deck. They have an additional bar out here as well with views of the lake, and plenty more seating that is not covered.

Grills is open from Sunday to Thursday from 11 am to 10 pm and Friday & Saturday 11 am to 11 pm. They plan on having Lakeside Breakfast in the near future.

We really enjoyed the new edition of Grills, and the food here is just as good as it is in Port Canaveral or Melbourne(I’ve been to both multiple times). They have live music on various nights, and as I said earlier, I predict this place becoming a new hot-spot especially during the spring and summer months.

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Sus Hi Eatstation

380 S State Rd 434 #1004
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
(407) 960-2250
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Sus Hi Eatstation is what you get when you combine fresh sushi, a Chipotle style ordering system and employees who totally take on the persona of “A Ninja”

When you walk into Sus Hi Eatstation, you instantly become a Ninja. You will be greeted as a Ninja, as soon as you walk in by other Ninjas with fun nicknames. 


While in line, you'll hear things like the resounding boom of a gong when appetizers are ready, Ninjas yelling "FIRE!" when they melt cheese and interesting greetings to welcome you into the Ninja family. Just on entry points alone, this place is already pretty cool.

Everything at this establishment is meant to be fun and they love wordplay. In their own words, everything they do is because “That's how a true Ninja rolls.” Of course they are talking about sushi rolls, but the idea and concept is really fun.

At Sus Hi Eatstation, they encourage customers to be creative and to use their imagination to create sushi that is uniquely their own. Every single item that they make is unique to the individual, and they never get two items that are identical. Every Ninja has their own style and they are here to help you master it.

The process starts when you order. You choose a roll, made with dried seaweed, a bowl, or a flour tortilla as your base. Next you choose white rice, brown rice or salad, and then you pick a protein. They have plenty of offerings from spicy tuna, salmon, tempura shrimp, cooked shrimp, chicken and even grilled steak. Tofu is also a popular option.

Now it's time for your ingredients. They have 20 options to choose from.. cucumber, cream cheese, carrots, scallions, masago, tempura flakes and yes, they even have BACON, basically whatever you can conceive to make some super dank sushi roll or bowl...they have you covered.

Finally you move on to the sauce selection. With 10 choices from Triple X hot sauce to Ginger Sesame, Sus Hi has got a sauce for you. Hot, sweet, tangy, hot and sweet, traditional ponzu, you can add the perfect amount of zing or heat or sweet to anything the Ninjas make you.

They also offer small bites like Krab Rangoon, Egg Rolls, Dumplings, Seaweed Salad, and something they call Rice Fries made with rice and nori tempura served plain or loaded with cheese, bacon and scallion.



For something a bit healthier, you can make a roll with Brown Rice. This is a custom roll made with brown rice, tempura shrimp, tuna, avocado, cucumber, cream cheese, carrots, tempura fried & topped volcano style which is krab, scallops & spicy mayo with masago. It was so good, and it was custom made.

So many different options to create your own roll, bowl, or wrap. This was a roll made with white rice, spicy tuna, salmon, cream cheese, avocado, scallions, cucumber & masago & a side of spicy mayo.

Building your own bowl is a good way to get as much of what you want all in one place. This bowl is literally loaded down with brown rice, salmon, spicy salmon, cucumber, volcano toppings, edamame, scallions, carrots, fried sweet potatoes, daikon, avocado, seaweed salad, masago, nori seasoning, ponzu sauce & the house signature 'Triple X' sauce… like BOOM!

Fried pork & vegetable dumpling was nice and crisp on the outside & even better dipped in the house signature 'Triple X' sauce.

Integrity and Fast sushi with high quality ingredients is what Sus Hi Eatstation is all about. They stand by the quality of ingredients that are prepared fresh daily. Look into the kitchen dojo and you'll find Ninjas skillfully preparing your food for the day. They believe in FRESH, FAST & FUN Sushi, serving food that they are proud to present to all those within the Ninja family!

Built by you, and served by ninjas, this is fun fast sushi in a cool atmosphere and the only limit to what type of sushi experience you want to have is your own imagination.

This review took place at the Altamonte Springs location, but they also have another location at 4498 N Alafaya Trail #324, Orlando, FL. Both locations open at 11:00 am. The Orlando location has a standard 10:00pm closing time, while the Altamonte Springs location closes at 9:00pm, except for Friday and Saturday, they are open until 10:00pm.

Sus Hi Eatstation Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Earl's Kitchen + Bar


4200 Conroy Rd 
Orlando, FL 32839
(407) 345-8260



Some 30 years ago in Edmonton, a city in Alberta, Canada, Leroy Earl Fuller and his son Stanley Earl Fuller had a simple idea: a laid back burger & beer joint. When the restaurant started, there was no question about what the name would be. It had to be called Earls.

The tradition of Earls is centered on dishes that make people want to come back for more: house made sauces, locally sourced ingredients, and now, innovative chef led experiments that are getting the industry's attention through the Earls Chef Collective.

Earls is one of North America’s most successful, family owned, independent restaurant groups, currently operating 67 restaurants across North America. From humble beginnings as a laid back beer and burger joint, Earls grew into a beloved brand with multiple locations across North America that now offer upscale casual dining and drinking environments. Earls Orlando is the 68th restaurant with an opening in Boston also scheduled for summer 2017.

Art is an important design element in Earls’ beautiful modern spaces. The design team always identifies local artists to create work that complements the restaurant, in this case iconic Florida photographs from Brian Soderlind and a huge mural from Andrew Spear that pays homage to Orlando’s orange groves and parrots with an abstract landscape entitled “Juice Birds.”

Guests enter into the lounge, central to which is a large, circular walnut clad bar with black granite tops surrounded by deep berry clubby leather chairs. From there, it’s up a slight level into the vibrant dining room; with every seat offering a view of the action in the open kitchen. 

Diners will enjoy an expansive menu that encourages convivial shared dining. In keeping with the menu’s global focus, appetizer highlights include Tuna Poke, Sicilian Calamari and classics like crisp Caesar Salads and Cajun Chicken.

Made to order entrees are paired with dressings and sauces made in house daily, among them are Earl's’ signature Jeera Chicken Curry and BBQ Ribs, fresh Atlantic Salmon, Creekstone Farms Black Angus steaks and burgers, and a variety of main plate salads, sandwiches and irresistible sides perfect for lunch.

Cocktails, non alcoholic beverages, wine and beer are an important part of the Earls Kitchen + Bar experience. With a commitment to using only 100% fresh squeezed in house juices, Earls’ craft cocktails are infused with seasonal ingredients. Local beers on tap are complemented by a curated list of national and international quaffs and a comprehensive list of wines on tap by the glass, as well as bottles.

Beverage Director Cameron Bogue, who prior to joining Earls developed cocktails for Daniel Boulud’s restaurant group, has designed an innovative menu of updated classic cocktails and house specialties with intriguing options including the frozen Harvey Wallbanger, Old Fashioned and the Earl's Signature Caesar, the Canadian take on the classic Bloody Mary.

The Grapefruit Negroni is a mixture of bombay dry gin, campari, aperol, carpano antica, fernet branca and grapefruit.

One of the better Moscow Mule’s I’ve had in Orlando, Earl’s version is pretty simple with smirnoff vodka, ginger and fresh lime.

There are a few sushi rolls available on the starters menu, like this Dynamite Roll with shrimp, mango and avocado sushi, sriracha mayonnaise, black sesame and unagi maple. This was a pretty decent roll.

The Korean Hot Wings are a must try item. These are wings in a spicy red pepper glaze with fried onions and sesame seeds. They are addictive and delicious. 

Sicilian Calamari is topped with oven dried tomatoes, cucumber, olives, herb salad, greek citrus and yogurt. This is battered in a gluten aware flour.

Tuna Poke features albacore tuna, mango, avocado, spicy lime dressing, macadamia nuts and is served with warm house made tortillas.

Steak and Sushi is a great dinner combo at Earl’s. It's made with marinated steak, ponzu sauce and sesame seeds. When you order this you choose either a dynamite roll or California roll to accompany it.

The Jeera Curry was excellent. This is a cumin spiced potato curry with garam masala, turmeric, paprika and red chilies finished with a touch of cream served with rice with baked naan.

Hunan Kung Pao is an Asian dish made with ginger soy sauce, wok fried vegetables noodles, and roasted peanuts. For the brave lovers of heat, you can customize this dish by adding 1 to 6 hunan peppers.

Atlantic Salmon with feta, caper and dill aioli, jasmine rice and seasonal vegetables is a lighter option at Earl’s and was quite good.

The Sticky Toffee Chocolate Pudding is my favorite dessert on the menu. They have a nice selection of desserts, but this thing is heavenly. Made with a warm pudding cake, chocolate and toffee sauces, with vanilla bean ice cream and a candy snap, you won't have any of this left over and will be tempted to lick the plate clean.

Happy Hour takes it up a notch at Earls with twice daily sessions Monday through Friday from 3pm to 6pm and again from 9pm to midnight offering specials on wine, beer, cocktails and appetizers. 

Eearl’s also offers a selection called “Weekly Rituals” with tempting promotions running Monday through Thursday with nightly specials on kitchen offerings, different craft cocktails, craft beers and even “That’s How We Roll Tuesdays” featuring $3 sushi rolls and half priced bottles of wine.

Brunch is served on weekends and offers items like a spicy Mushroom and Chorizo Hash, or a fruit and berry laden Sourdough French Toast.


Earls Kitchen + Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Danketsu

11425 Lk. Underhill Rd.
Orlando, FL 32825
(407) 988-3093
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Danketsu is the all new Asian Fusion restaurant on Orlando’s east side. Although there is a big focus on Korean BBQ, the menu has plenty to offer in terms of sushi, noodles, hot pot and other popular Asian dishes.

Fusion cuisine or fusion
 food, is a general term for the combination of various forms of cookery and is offered in several forms. Danketsu may not cross mix dishes with one another, but they are certainly a regional fusion restaurant. Regional fusion combines different cuisines of a region into a single dining experience like combining the various cuisines of different Asian countries. 

So the name Danketsu derived from Japanese, that is pronounced (don-ket-su) which means combination, union, and unity…. is a very fitting one.

The location on Lake Underhill was formerly a Hooters Wings, that has been closed for a few years now. The outside received a new paint job and got new signage, but the inside has been beautifully redone. The bar has a pretty cool mural painted on the wall with vibrant colors. Of course there are the obligatory super large TV screens with a large projector screen at the front of the restaurant. The main dining room is very open and spacious with plenty of regular tables and seating at the bar.


If you know ahead of time that you want Korean BBQ or Hot Pot, let the host station know and they will seat you in the section that has booths with tables that have built in burners and a table grill. Even if you decide after sitting at a regular table, they will gladly move you.

We started out with the Tuna Tataki that featured thinly sliced seared tuna served with ponzu sauce. The tuna was really good and delicately sliced with a very light sear.

Just to sample the quality of the sushi rolls at Danketsu, we ordered the Combo Set D. They have a decent selection of sushi, nigiri and sashimi on the menu with some pre selected roll options in the combo sets. The combo set D features a California roll, spicy tuna roll and a spicy salmon roll. The rice was nice and sticky and did not fall apart after dipping in soy, and the fish was fresh with a nice kick to it.


The Yakisoba noodles were the only disappointment of our evening. The noodles themselves were cooked well and had great consistency, but really lacked any flavor or toppings. For $13.00 I expected more chicken and vegetables.

The Miso Ramen was a very large portion and tasted exceptional. I would advise Danketsu to put more descriptions in the menu. Quite a few items lack any information that tells the guest exactly what they are getting. The miso ramen is simply listed as noodles in miso base, and that sounds rather plain especially when you look at the picture of the dish we got. Our server was also unsure of what the ramen came with.


Overall, we really liked Danketsu and since we live on the east side, we will certainly return. The prices are very reasonable and the portions are large. With two sake bombs, two beers and all of the food pictured above, our bill was $68.00... we had plenty left over for lunch the next day too. 

The restaurant is fairly new, so I will give them some more time for adjustments and training servers to know the menu better. On our next visit we are doing the Korean BBQ and a Hot Pot...so stay tuned for that.

Danketsu is open from 4:00 pm to 2:00 am Monday to Sunday, and features nightly drink specials like $5.00 sake bombs on Friday and various specials for sporting events.

Danketsu Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Bento Cafe UCF

12250 Strategy Blvd #443
Orlando, FL 32817
(407) 658-8088

I have always been a fan of Bento Cafe, especially the Downtown Orlando location.

Bento primarily serves up what is best described as Pan-Asian cuisine, with a wide array of different foods from all over Asia. The downtown location is great if you happen to work or live near there, as it has become a staple in that area for quick and fresh Asian cuisine at a reasonable price. I however live on the east side of Orlando, and unless I ask my wife to bring me something home, it’s a bit out of the way. That is why I am very happy to share with you my most recent review of the all new Bento Cafe UCF. Yes you heard right...Bento has a brand new location in the Plaza at University, and the food is just as awesome as it is at any other location.

The Bento Cafe brand, If you are not familiar with them, is a small chain of seven restaurants with more on the way, that offers a creative mixture of Asian inspired dishes from wok stir-fry to fire-grilled items to sushi using the finest Asian spices and the freshest ingredients all at great prices.

The concept at Bento is to bring unique and authentic Asian food in a fast and efficient manner. Everything on the menu is cooked to order and prepared in minutes and served up in an atmosphere that is fun, friendly and stylish. The word “Bento” means boxed-meal in Japanese, and they have a wide selection of traditional boxed meals, but the menu includes a wide variety of sushi rolls, sashimi, nigiri and chirashi bowls as well as soups, udon noodles, rice bowls and noodle bowls. They also offer Boba Tea, a popular Asian beverage that is consisted of milk tea and chewy tapioca pearls.



Every store is designed differently which makes visiting each Bento Cafe an experience. Each store will be either dominated by the warm red dragon colors or the cool blue dragon colors. Each Bento has a sushi station, but the UCF location has seats at the sushi bar, so you can watch the chefs prepare your rolls live and in person.

 
Speaking of sushi, the Jade roll with marinated spicy tuna, eel, avocado, krab delite, masago, scallions and eel sauce tasted just as good as it looked.

For my entree, I chose the the Sesame Wok Stir Fry bowl. This dish comes with your choice of chicken, beef, shrimp or tofu and red bell peppers, snow peas, onions, baby corn in a sesame soy sauce. I really enjoyed the flavors, and the portion was more than I could eat.

Now, I really did enjoy my entree selection, but it would be dishonest of me not to tell you that I was really jealous of my wife’s Bento Box. She opted for the Sriracha Garlic Chicken in a bento box. You can get chicken, shrimp or tofu grilled or fried with red bell peppers and onions with a sweet and spicy Sriracha sauce for dipping. Bento boxes come with your choice of steamed rice or lo mein, ginger salad, and string beans and a dessert. Not only was this delicious and lots of food, it only costs $8.95, and that's a bargain.

The UCF Bento Cafe is the third one to open in the Orlando area, and I can now say I have been to all three, and all three locations have been very consistent in quality and service. Sometimes chains can vary in quality and the overall experience you may have there, and I am impressed with the consistency of Bento Cafe.

If you are looking for some really good Asian food with variety and great flavors in a fast casual environment, check out Bento if you have not done so already. Whats even better is the fact that you can dine there without putting a hurt on your wallet and without sacrificing quality over price.

Bento Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Sushi 101 from RA Sushi

So...You’re sitting at a local sushi restaurant, and as a sushi novice, you don’t know what to order. You read words like Nigiri, Sashimi, Maki, etc.. and you wander…what does it all mean?
Well the folks at RA Sushi have put together a quick guide to deciphering the menu so you don’t embarrass yourself in front of your hot date.


Sashimi is raw fish sliced into thin pieces.

Nigiri is a specific type of sushi comprising of a slice of raw fish over pressed rice.

Maki is sushi rolled up using a bamboo mat, typically with seaweed.

Edamame is a fancy word for soy beans and tempura is a fancy word for fried. If you’re nervous about ordering raw fish, ask for a vegetarian roll, like RA Sushi’s Crunchy Yami Roll.


If you want to really impress your date, you can drop some sushi knowledge on them by letting them know that technically the word sushi refers only to the rice and not the fish.....and lastly...Never rub your chopsticks together!

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RA Sushi

9101 International Dr. 
Suite 1008
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 454-5600
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I recently had the pleasure of attending a menu sampling and tasting event for RA Sushi. In case you were wondering what is RA, well...RA Sushi is one of the newest additions to the tourist hub known as Point Orlando on International Drive. Its sushi, its, Japanese fusion, its non traditional. Many have said that RA Sushi is the PF Chang's of Japanese food, and that's not a bad thing. When you think about the concept RA is going for, it makes since to place its only Orlando location in the tourist corridor

The restaurant is part of a national chain that was started by Rich Howland and Scott Kilpatrick in 1997 and was eventually acquired  by Benihana in 2002. RA has locations across the country, and is based in Scottsdale, Arizona, with its original four locations scattered around the greater Phoenix area. Although Benihana owns these concepts, they are independently operated. The Concept of RA Sushi is to make sushi fun and adventurous all at once. The menu strives to take Japanese food and sushi to those who may not be brave enough to go to a traditional style sushi bar. Prices are moderate, the music is loud, and the vibe is fun.

There are plenty of traditional offerings available on the Sashimi, Nigiri, and Maki Sushi menus like,Tuna, Yellowtail, Octopus, Sea Urchin and Fresh Water Eel or “Unagi”, but RA specializes in the gourmet Americanized versions with unique twists. The signature dishes are things like the Viva Las Vegas roll and the Crazy Monkey roll. The Viva Las Vegas roll is a good way to define the sushi at RA, as they have sold over one million rolls. Its a very tasty combo of crab, cream cheese, rice, seaweed, light tempura batter and is topped with spicy tuna, crab mix & sliced lotus root and sweet eel sauce and tempura bits. That is certainly a mouthful of flavor, but one that sushi purists would scoff at. That is where RA is trying to unite the fun and basic with the creative and outrageous and unify the sushi lover with the sushi beginner.

When you couple all the wild food offerings with a pretty cool happy hour and cocktails that are just as creative as the sushi, you start getting the picture of the vibe at RA. The happy hour is from 4:00 to 7:00 and can be enjoyed anywhere in the restaurant. The Screaming Ninja, Grape Escape and Tokyo Tower, a concoction of plum wine, peach schnapps, vodka and 7-Up are just a sampling of the drinks available along with a wide variety of Sake.


Edamame is always a good starter at a Japanese fusion place, and the Garlic Edamame with butter & Asian seasoning at RA was really good. 


Our next starter was the RA'llipop, Its RA's take on a sushi lollipop filled with tuna, salmon, yellowtail, cucumber, lettuce and wrapped in lobok served on skewers with a garlic ponzu sauce.

The signature Viva Las Vegas Roll with kanikama crab, cream cheese, rice, seaweed, tempura battered & topped with spicy tuna, kanikama crab mix & sliced lotus root and finished with a sweet eel sauce & spinach tempura bits...was delicious.

The Yellow Monkey Roll was all vegetarian with mango, roasted red pepper, artichoke, cream cheese, and topped with more mango and cashews and a kiwi wasabi drizzle.

The Crazy Monkey Roll is is made with smoked salmon, mango, cream cheese, topped with avocado,beet tempura bits and and cashews, drizzled with mango and sweet eel sauce.


Our final roll to sample was the Lobster Shrimp Roll with lobster, cucumber,avocado, topped with shrimp and served with Asian pesto sauce. All of the rolls we had were unique and very flavorful.


After all those rolls, it was time for a SAKE break. We were treated to a flight of three 2oz. pours of Kizakura “Pure”, Sho Chiku Bai Nigori “Creme de Sake” and Kizakura “Pure” Stars with flavors that ranged from sweet, dry and sparkling.


I found the Tuna Salad 
interesting. It included seared ahi tuna and albacore tuna with mixed greens, jalapeno, avocado, cilantro, cashews, wontons, and an onion soy vinaigrette.


For something different without raw fish, but still Japanese, the Spicy Chicken Teriyaki Udon was a real treat, especially with the spicy teriyaki sauce.


If you have people who just refuse any type of sushi, or have children dining with you at RA, the Chicken Katsu is a great choice. Wonderfully breaded in Panko crumbs and a tasty Asian BBQ sauce for dipping.

If you want all the flavors of a sushi roll, but would rather have it in fork sized pieces, the Bara Chirashi Bowl is a good idea with tuna, salmon, yellowtail, shrimp, avocado, cucumber, and green veggies served over rice with a poki sauce.

What could be a better ending than a Banana Split Maki It's sushi for desert with fried banana maki topped with whipped cream and fresh fruit then drizzled with raspberry and chocolate sauces.

Yes...RA Sushi is not your traditional sushi house. Its very westernized and very American, but sometimes breaking from the norm is a good thing. I really enjoyed all of the food and the ambiance they have there. Its the kind of place where you can kick back and unwind with lively music, a cool crowd, and some pretty darn good sushi...no matter what your preferences are.

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