Landlocked Nashville isn’t exactly a sushi town, but when nothing less than a slab of toro will do, we go to O-Ku. This place makes great nigiri and makimono, plus excellent robata-grilled meat, but it’s chef specials like the scallop tuna tostada, wagyu tartare, and toro toast that really level up the experience. It’s got all the essentials for date night: dim lighting, plenty of cozy booths and two-tops, and a ton of different sakes to choose from. It's a refreshing option outside of the Broadway madness, where things are rarely cozy, and eating anything raw is just a really bad idea.

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