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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Atlanta sushi void

Sushi House Hayakawa
Is it possible we took MF Sushi for granted?

I got an email yesterday from a reader asking for a restaurant recommendation. It was probably the first of a few I'll get like this - where should we go to get sushi? In my almost six years here I've never had that particular email before, mainly because everyone knew that if you wanted good sushi, you should go to MF Sushi.

I rarely ate at MF Sushi, and I wasn't the biggest fan of their Buckhead outpost, but the restaurant filled an important role as the fallback, the standard bearer for easy intown quality. Now that both locations are closed, many people are searching for a sushi alternative.

What is there now? My favorite remains Sushi House Hayakawa, which is where I sent the reader who wrote to me yesterday. This morning I got an email saying "It was a bit expensive, but we got the chef's recommended selection and it was the by far the best sushi we've had in Atlanta — and it matched our memory of the best ever that we had six years ago in NYC." Good to know, but sometimes I don't want to drive all the way out to beyond-285 Buford Highway.

Many people I know swear by Taka in Buckhead, and I've had some fantastic meals there over the years. (Taka, the chef, deserves our love and admiration for his blog alone.) And while many people think of Nakato on Cheshire Bridge as a Japanese steakhouse, the non-steakhouse side of the restaurant serves up some of the best sushi around, particularly if you ask for what's special that day.

What am I missing? Is there anywhere a little further south that holds up? I'd love to say Miso, but I'm afraid their sushi has never lived up to the quality of their other food. Zuma is fine, but hardly mind blowing. Anyone have a favorite I've looked over?

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