Our Five Faves

Best Sushi

Posted September 26, 2011

I could eat sushi for breakfast, lunch and dinner.....every day.

It's often a heated debate when it comes to sushi.  Finding the perfect combination can be tricky with so many moving parts: fresh fish, rice-type, special sauces and the blending of ingredients to make the perfect specialty roll.

Here are our five favorite sushi spots: 

Sono (Raleigh): Now this is a great date spot.  Located in the heart of downtown Raleigh, Sono is home to some of the best specialty rolls in town.  Check out the Screaming-O Roll or the Spicy Cajun.  The latter is a take on the classic California roll topped with spicy crawfish and cheese baked to golden brown. Go ahead and plan on pairing your meal with the Asian Pear martini...absolutely delicious.   

Waraji (Raleigh):  Tucked away in a small strip mall on Duraleigh Rd, Waraji is one of those places that I bet you've passed on numerous occasions and didn't even realize it was there.  Whatever you do, do not leave without ordering the Scary Jerry Roll.  The Scary is a combination of 2 of their most popular specialty rolls topped with spicy mayo tuna, yellowtail, salmon and avocado.  

Akashi (Durham): Akashi is located on Highway 54 in Durham and is home to a vast assortment of specialty rolls.  Not only are rolls like the Sweet Romeo Roll (spicy tuna, tempura flakes, cilantro, avocado, topped with eel sauce) delicious, they're all half-price.   

Haru Sushi (Raleigh): Haru is another hidden gem, nestled in the strip mall on the corner of Glenwood Ave. and Oberlin Rd.  The staff is extremely friendly, the service is consistent and everything from sushi to sake is reasonably priced. For something a bit off the beaten path try the Sweet Potato Roll.    

Tasu (Raleigh): Not only is the sushi at Tasu wonderful, it's buy one get one free....every single day. The value is second to none in the Triangle and Tasu is now open in both Brier Creek and Cary Crossroads. The Atlantic Lover Roll is one of our favorites with snow crab meat and cream cheese topped with four kinds of fish and three kinds of roes.  

We have about 10 honorable mentions but we're going to let you take care of that.  What are some of your favorite sushi spots around the Triangle?


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  • Opinionated1 Oct 4, 2011

    Asuka (Morrisville and Wake Forest) is really good. The infused TNT and Snap Dragon are the best. I really wish they would bring back the Tempura Maki, Crunch Munch, and Maki and Chip!

  • tedfarr Oct 3, 2011

    You must try the firecracker roll at Sushi Tsune by Hillsborough and Norman. The kick comes from hot peppers and lots of wasabi. This one puts hair on your chest!

  • Southern Girl Oct 2, 2011

    Tokoyo House in North Raleigh on Six Forks - everything is so good, especially the sushi and their salad. YUM.

  • magcole Oct 1, 2011

    Sushi Thai in CARY-- you have omitted the #1 spot for the best Sushi and Service!!!

  • TheWalterLane Sep 30, 2011

    @ middleofthe Road - In the center with the Harris Teeter

  • timn4817 Sep 29, 2011

    Genki in Cary, Ten Ten and Kildaire Farm Rd.


  • Mr. Middle of the Road Sep 29, 2011

    I still can't figure out where there is a strip shopping center at the intersection of Oberlin and Glenwood.

  • IceCreamMan Sep 28, 2011

    Tasu is far better than Waraji.

  • LibertyORdeath2011 Sep 28, 2011

    Sono by far.

  • LKG-Lover Sep 28, 2011

    The Sake House on Durant Rd. is our favorite and has but one get one free Sat-Sun. Love the Crazy Dragon and Jimmy Rolls.