Sometimes only fresh sushi and sashimi, teriyaki, or a bento lunch will satisfy your cravings. Fortunately, as a college town, Tucson has an eclectic mix of restaurant options including quite a few Japanese destinations. Start at Yoshimatsu, a favorite hot spot full of quirky decorations and an innovative menu. Sushi rolls include the Philly roll, shrimp tempura and salmon skin hand roll.
K Japanese Restaurant is known for their avocado crunch with spicy salmon and eel sauce, their beef teppanyaki with bean sprouts and cabbage, and their baked scallop roll with a spicy mayo and cucumber sauce. The nigari and tempura lunch specials are especially popular for a hearty mid-day meal.
A Taste of Japan
KAZOKU has crafted unique sushi dishes and rolls complete with a full bar and exotic cocktails. Desserts include green tea ice cream, red bean and mango scoops, mochi ice cream and tempura ice cream for a sweet-meets-savory delight.
OBON Sushi + Bar + Ramen is especially beloved by locals, with their famous “bird bun” stuffed with fried chicken and sauces, or try the Mikado ramen in a chilled broth with dressed greens. The spam bun is only for the bravest of diners, but you’ll quickly fall in love with their Japanese-Hawaiian fusion concoctions.