photo credit: Sugo Hand Roll Bar
Sugo Hand Roll Bar
Sushi in Seattle can absolutely get it, but we haven’t seen many Japanese restaurants focus solely on handrolls. Enter Sugo, located right off Pike Place Market. This small counter is almost impossible to get into, thanks in part to only being open Friday-Sunday. But if you stop by for a solo lunch, it’s the best time to be handed temaki after temaki fitted with crackly nori, high-quality fish, and warm rice. Go for the set of five, which comes with options like buttery king salmon, spicy mayo-tossed bay scallops, and a heaping pile of snow crab with avocado and optional juicy ikura—which we consider mandatory.
What makes this place even better is their small plates, like a generous portion of spicy tuna with tonkotsu-flavored ramen chips for scooping, and “Norichos” with fried nori chips, tobiko, and grated jerk-spiced Beecher’s New Woman cheese. You’ll probably be in and out in under an hour (since the handrolls come fast) but it all makes for a blur of exciting fish in a space that feels destined to become a Pike Place-area staple.