Five Things to Look for in a Sushi Takeout Joint

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I've been told that Sushi 1 is the best takeout sushi in the area. That it's Japanese-owned and jam-packed at lunch are confirmations.

The three times I've been I've found the sushi to have been... fine. I miss ginger-colored ginger as opposed to the neon-pink kind and rolls made with real crab. Still. When I'm hit with a sushi craving, I'll take what I can get. And I want to love it here. (I'll keep trying.)

In the past, I've gone by this loose list of takeout criteria for picking sushi places that offer the most flavorful fish, but I'm thinking that I'll have to abandon a couple of them here. I know I'm likely one of those people whom sushi chefs hate, though I don't use wasabi, I eat pieces with my hands, and I agree that (overfished) tuna usually sucks.

On to the list.

1. Go where the lines are. When it comes to bars and restaurants, I usually try to avoid lines. When it comes to sushi -- particularly during lunch -- I look for one. Lines vouch for higher turnover and ostensibly fresher fish.

2. Check out fish on display. And note that what's on display doesn't look dessicated and limp.

3. Stick to the nigiri, simple maki, or temaki. The freshest fish is used for sashimi and nigiri, while older fish is often doctored up in crunchy shrimp or spicy tuna/salmon rolls.

4. Find a place that doesn't use fake crab. Crab stick -- or surimi -- is made from artificially flavored fish slurry. A takeout joint that doesn't use it indicates the restaurant sources higher-quality fish.

5. Be mindful of cleanliness. Here's to stating the obvious, but one that seems to be lost in a couple of places I've ducked into that look like they hadn't had a sprucing in a while. I have yet to find a clean, well-lighted place (it's been one other the other). Also watch chefs as they assemble orders. If you can't see them, order at your own discretion or risk (though I'm so unsqueamish I abide by the five-second rule with anything but raw fish).


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Location Info

Sushi One Take Out

23 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant


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11 comments
ErinHilburn
ErinHilburn

I agree with everyone suggesting Sasaya. Sushi 1 was in my neighborhood when I lived downtown. I visited fairly frequently, but it was worth the extra few minutes drive to go to Sasaya. SUPER fresh and always affordable.

jaf
jaf

Forget about Sushi 1.  I went there once and ordered some kind of tuna and it was CANNED tuna.  WTF?  Go to Sasaya Japanese Market for the biggest rolls and lowest prices, not to mention the BEST sushi.

Guest
Guest

Try Sasaya Japanese Market's sushi

Rudy
Rudy

In fort lauderdale, the lines are where the prices are the lowest. And where other choices are the fewest.

The Pulp Blog
The Pulp Blog

For all the great food we have in South Florida, good sushi is a rarity. Good takeout sushi is even tougher to come across. So I've eaten weekly at Sushi 1 because it's better than any takeout sushi place anywhere nearby. Nothing I've had there has been tremendous, but nothing I've had there has been bad. That's not a ringing endorsement, I know.

But next time you go, try the New Times roll. It's pretty good, and hell, I love the name.

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Sushi1isnumberone
Sushi1isnumberone

Sushi 1 IS the best, at least, the best for the buck. It's fresh, it's quick, it's delicious & the orders are always accurate. Is it as good as Nobu? Well, no, but for under $10 you can get A drink, an app & a roll and it's fresh and delicious. Also, they don't put cucumber in all their dang rolls. Keep going. Learn to love it, although I'm surprised you have to try. 

Gumby
Gumby

they fill all their rolls with cucumber & their rice is always dry. but they aren't terrible. just not as good as sushi 1. 

melissamccart
melissamccart

Rudy, Do you mean low prices and limited menus equal lines?

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