Food Fight

Food Fight: Battle Discount Sushi

It's no secret that we love sushi. However, we also love something else -- and we love it even more than we love sushi. We love money. To paraphrase Adam Sandler, we're a big fan of money. We like it, we use it, we have a little. We keep it in a jar on top of the refrigerator. We'd like to put more in that jar. That's where discount sushi comes in.

Now, we're not talking discount sushi like how our parents go to Super H Mart, buy a piece of raw tuna, take it home and cut chunks off it to eat like savages. We're talking about getting your sashimi fix at a place that's less expensive than stalwarts like Kubo's or cutting-edge joints like Kata Robata. It's possible to go painfully wrong eating cheap raw fish, though.

To that point, we asked our Twitter followers recently what their favorite places in town were to get cheap sushi. Responses varied, but most echoed sommelier Linda Salinas's answer: "Cheap and sushi do not belong in a sentence together. There are plenty of other cheap things to eat. It's like skimping on moisturizer...it shows later. If you find something, let me know. p.s. Miyako's fish tastes like refrigerator." We especially liked the last part.

Setting out to prove that there is decent, inexpensive sushi in this city, we pitted two favorites against one another this week: Oishii, an old friend with the best happy hour in town, and Natto, the "gas station sushi" with which we've recently become enamored. Here's how it shook out.

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Katharine Shilcutt