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International District

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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 person was in error 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 makes for a fantastic meal, especially if you’re solo, when you can really appreciate how the yellowtail melts like Crisco without any distractions.

While knocking back nigiri like popcorn at their counter is one of those special experiences that’s challenging to recreate at home, takeout from Tsukushinbo comes close, and is our first choice when scoping out sushi delivery. Their nigiri, from fatty tuna to buttery king salmon, is flawless even after a bumpy car ride, and simple, well-executed maki rolls coated in tempura flakes still keep their crisp.

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