The argument against sushi in land-locked towns is obsolete, and Rice Monkeys reaffirms this—they serve fish as fresh as what you’d find in a town right on the water. Located in a tiny corner space on Main Avenue, it’d be easy to walk right past the restaurant. Inside, the staff is warm and constantly hustling as they serve in-house diners and a revolving door of takeout orders.
The menu includes a blend of Vietnamese and Japanese dishes, including rice bowls and phở alongside lots of sushi. The rice bowls use fresh, perfectly sauteed vegetables alongside the protein of your choice, but the real star is the simple but perfectly sliced fish in the sashimi and nigiri. It’s hard to make a bad decision when it comes to the list of specialty rolls, but their southwestern and the dragon rolls are both standouts.
Try to get there close to opening time to snag one of the 20 or so available seats, as dinner service never tends to lull.
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