The first time we sat at Tsukushinbo’s sushi counter, we overheard someone tell the chef that he was moving to Tokyo the very next day. At first we thought this guy was a little nuts for having sushi the night before relocating to Japan, but after trying it for ourselves, we get it. The menu is short, but there are things you might not see at other spots in town, like barracuda or smoked kinmedai. And the result is fantastic, especially during a solo meal, when you can really appreciate how the yellowtail melts like Crisco without any distractions. If you’re not in the mood for sushi, you can also get some great ramen - which is only available on weekends at lunch, and tends to attract long lines.
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