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Old 06-21-2008, 05:24 AM
 
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LA has great sushi places in Little Tokyo. Like toughguy said, those places all have good sushi because they have the highest concentration of Japanese people.
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Old 07-04-2008, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Miami, Florida
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Honolulu, San Fran, Manhattan, and Los Angeles
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Old 07-04-2008, 10:32 PM
 
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Miami kid - does Miami have any good sushi? I actually might be there next month.
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:31 PM
 
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Reno, NV! No joke! I've had tons of sushi living in LA, Phoenix, and SF, and there's just something about Reno sushi. Not only is the fish fresh--which is delivered almost daily from SF to the casinos and most popular restaurants, but Reno just puts a lot of twists on their sushi, such as 'upside-down shrimp' and using lots of tobiko and yellowtail in maki. Mmm.
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Old 06-07-2011, 09:05 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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Reno, NV! No joke! I've had tons of sushi living in LA, Phoenix, and SF, and there's just something about Reno sushi. Not only is the fish fresh--which is delivered almost daily from SF to the casinos and most popular restaurants, but Reno just puts a lot of twists on their sushi, such as 'upside-down shrimp' and using lots of tobiko and yellowtail in maki. Mmm.
1st post, lol.
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Old 06-07-2011, 11:05 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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Which city do you think has best sushi (both quality and quantity)?

I'd guess NYC. Maybe San Francisco or Seattle.

Thoughts?
That'd be my guess.

I'm sure LA does too since the Japanese population is so large there.
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Old 06-07-2011, 11:41 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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I think I also would have guessed L.A./L.A.-metro or Honolulu. Zagat seemed to place three of the top five restaurants in L.A. as Japanese restaurants. Interestingly Greenwich, Connecticut looks to have more Japanese-born than I expected and its a rich area so maybe can afford quality stuff.

http://www.city-data.com/top2/h76.html
http://www.city-data.com/city/Greenw...nnecticut.html

It also seems like some parts of Alaska received Japanese migration plus have a high amount of quality fish. Anchorage is maybe not excessively Asian, but it looks to have a fairly high percentage. Although I didn't find much on them having good Japanese restaurants, so maybe their Asian population is mostly other groups.

http://www.city-data.com/city/Anchorage-Alaska.html
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Old 06-07-2011, 11:59 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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Los Angeles, I'm pretty certain.

Sawtelle and Little Tokyo are great places for good Japanese food, but also lots of other great restaurants (and supermarkets) in random places.
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Old 06-08-2011, 12:24 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Anywhere with a good Korean population.
Japanese actually kind of stole sushi from the koreans... or koreans from the Japanese... I don't remember.
Koreans call it kimbab. It's sort of different, but the idea is the same.

Most of LA's sushi joint are owned by Koreans. Japanese Americans are not so into maintaining their culture as Korean Americans. They like to assimilate. There was a study showing how Japanese Americans assimilate better than any other Asian group. Koreans will talk to each other in Korean (for fun or for casual conversation) despite being able to speak English much better. No other Asian group really does this. They listen to Korean Music. They're really into their own culture.
I automatically assume when I see a Japanese restaurant that it is owned by Koreans (at least here, in Dallas). I'm right most of the time, it's probably wrong to assume... but I talked to a chef once. He was Korean cooking in a Japanese restaurant. He said he's only met ONE Japanese person in charge of a Japanese restaurant (In Texas)... the rest have been owned by Koreans, and the occasional Chinese.
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Old 06-08-2011, 12:31 AM
 
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Anywhere with a good Korean population.
Japanese actually kind of stole sushi from the koreans... or koreans from the Japanese... I don't remember.
Koreans call it kimbab. It's sort of different, but the idea is the same.

Most of LA's sushi joint are owned by Koreans. Japanese Americans are not so into maintaining their culture as Korean Americans. They like to assimilate. There was a study showing how Japanese Americans assimilate better than any other Asian group. Koreans will talk to each other in Korean (for fun or for casual conversation) despite being able to speak English much better. No other Asian group really does this. They listen to Korean Music. They're really into their own culture.
I automatically assume when I see a Japanese restaurant that it is owned by Koreans (at least here, in Dallas). I'm right most of the time, it's probably wrong to assume... but I talked to a chef once. He was Korean cooking in a Japanese restaurant. He said he's only met ONE Japanese person in charge of a Japanese restaurant (In Texas)... the rest have been owned by Koreans, and the occasional Chinese.
I think there are big caveats to be made here. There's actually a pretty strong (and recent) Japanese population living in Los Angeles. A lot of what made Japanese Americans so quick to assimilate is because of a certain war that put them at odds with the US and severed many of the traditional ties the Japanese might have otherwise have had with the motherland (that and the bulk of the influx of most Asian groups into the US were much more recent events with greater continuity and advances in technology and societal acceptance that allowed for stronger connections with the "home" country). And while there are a lot of sushi joints in the US that are actually Korean or Chinese owned/ran, Los Angeles, Seattle and New York (though I'm sure many more places) definitely have a multitude of sushi joints run by Japanese people with Japanese chefs.

Not that there is anything that inherently makes Japanese people better sushi chefs, of course.

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