fine-diningA number of (mostly) high-end restaurants in Los Angeles have indicated that they are instituting a 3% surcharge on customers in addition to regular costs for food and service to assist them in providing healthcare to their employees. But some diners see the charge as a political statement that is critical of the state and federal rules that govern “Obamacare,” or the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by implying that the new policies prohibit them from providing health care while still being able to turn a profit. Some customers are put off by the surcharge, preferring to avoid this political issue when they dine.

Though restaurant owners claim that the public’s response has been positive for the most part, there are diners who have indicated they would prefer not to see the charge on their bill, and would rather it just be included into menu prices. By drawing attention to it on the bill, it smacks of a publicity stunt designed to denigrate the government’s requirement that employers provide health insurance to their employees. Many small business owners have expressed the opinion that doing so would impose a significant financial burden on them and have threatened to pass the cost on to customers. The 3% surcharge is just such a demonstration of shifting this responsibility onto the customer, and many feel that the restaurant industry is taking a stand against health care by imposing it.

WALTER MANZKEL.A. restaurant owners claim they are not making a point or a political statement with this surcharge, but want diners to know they are providing benefits to their employees and still trying to make a profit. Some even say they were considering implementing the measure prior to the passing of the ACA.  A health insurance agency I spoke with says that a number of restaurants have even banded together to obtain insurance plans collectively. The owner of L.A. eatery Republique launched a “3% Healthy L.A.” initiative to provide benefits to his employees.

The move benefits both young and old restaurant workers. Older workers who are not yet eligible for Medicare find it difficult to obtain coverage, and younger servers can’t afford the premiums for private plans. Now, through the auspices of employers who have instituted the 3% surcharge, they will be able to obtain coverage. However, many diners still think it’s a cheesy trick to make them take notice that the owners were “forced” by Obamacare to make the charge and that this is their way of indicating that they are doing it “grudgingly.”

The result is, of course, that restaurant workers will be benefitting from the surcharge, whether it is given willingly or not. An entire segment of the American workforce that previously had to shop cut-rate plans on Medi-Cal or use Groupon bargains will now be afforded medical, dental, and vision care services. It’s important to bear in mind that, although many employers may not offer the program without a little grumbling and diners may feel a tad exploited, the end result is a beneficial one to those who serve in the restaurant industry and the motive may well justify the means.

Depending on what source is used and what type of fare a person is looking for will determine what the top 5 restaurants are for any given location. In Glen Ridge, New Jersey, diversity is the key with people having a wide variety of foods and dining atmospheres to choose from.

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Just Sandwiches – Just Sandwiches is located at 855 Bloomfield Ave and boasts a 4 star rating based on 12 reviews at Yelp.com. The menu is written on a huge blackboard and adds to the “mom and pop” atmosphere of the little restaurant. Just Sandwiches comes highly from local Glen Ridge residents and local businesses.  Throughout all of the customer reviews, one thing is apparent. The service is top rate with the food being more than what was expected by customers. Although the service was reported to be shaky at times, the food more than made up for any surly behavior on behalf of the waitress staff.

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Fitzgerald’s 1928 – Fitzgerald’s 1928 was rated at 3 stars. It is located at 13 Herman St in Glen Ridge. The menu prices were moderate to high but the quality of the food has been rated as excellent. Service was timely and efficient with the wait staff normally reported as being pleasant and accommodating. The atmosphere in the restaurant is known to be low key and relaxed. Fitzgerald’s is also known to have an wide selection of beer and alcoholic beverages available for those who would like them.

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Smashburger – Smashburger has mixed reviews but overall walks away with a 3 and a half star rating on Yelp based on over 100 reviews. For a small sandwich shop, they have a wide selection of sandwiches and wraps that are made to please any palate. Located at 989 Bloomfield Ave, the restaurant claims online to be open from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm, but be there early. Some sources say they now close at 10:00 pm. Overall the reviews concerning the food are excellent, while those that report on service leave a little to be desired.

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The Highland Cafe – The Highland Cafe is located inside Mountainside Hospital in Glen Ridge. It boasts three stars and offers a different menu every day. They have an excellent salad bar and the food is served cafeteria style.

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Mancinni’s – Located at 438 Bloomfield Ave, in Montclair, New Jersey, Mancinni’s gets 4 and a half stars on average out of 100 reviews. Known for its pizza and sandwiches it makes for a great night out with friends or family. Located a short drive from Glen Ridge, it is well worth the travel time for the modest price and the high quality of the food. The atmosphere is reminiscent of the old style pizzeria. Pies are baked in an old fashioned brick oven. They also serve a wide variety of sandwiches that are made with fresh baked bread and the highest quality of ingredients.

Glen Ridge is surrounded by Nutley and Montclair, both having a large number of restaurants to satisfy any taste. Whether a person chooses to stay close to home or travel a few miles, they are sure to find the type of food they are looking for.

If you like this post, be sure to check out our review of the best organic burger joints in NYC!

 

party-food Now that the warm days we’ve been waiting for are here, it’s time to start planning those poolside parties. Many people find party planning to be as much fun as the actual party itself while others have a difficult time creating food and beverage menus. Whichever camp you fall into, several ways exist to make party planning easy and fun. Following are several ways to streamline the preparatory process so that you’ll throw awesome parties every time.

Consider the Guest List

If you’re throwing a pool party where the guest list will contain a significant amount of children, hamburgers, hot dogs, and pizza are probably your safest culinary choices. These are all easily held by small hands, but take care that all traces of sauces and condiments are removed from hands and faces before the children are allowed access to the pool. Setting up a checkpoint area with moist towelettes and making certain that each child passes through on the way to the pool is the best way to keep pool waters clean no matter what type of food is served.

Serving food and beverages using disposable cups, plates, and utensils will not only save you time when the party’s over and you’ve got to clean up, but it will prevent the possibility of broken glass near the pool or patio area. Be sure to have an easily available receptacle for guests to place these items in after they are finished using them.

Choose a Party Theme

pool party foodSelecting a fun party theme is a great way to narrow down food and beverage choices no matter what the average age of those on the guest list. Tropical themes are always appropriate for backyard pool parties and offer wonderful food and drink choices. For instance, if you decide to go with a luau theme, island-inspired finger foods such as mini egg rolls and grilled seafood skewers are inexpensive and easy to create. Beverages can include tropical punch with slices of fresh fruit floating in it. Many party hosts choose to provide two punch bowls — one containing a few splashes of rum and a non-alcoholic option for children and those who’d prefer not to consume alcohol.

Frozen drink options are always welcome at pool parties as well. Frozen pina coladas and margaritas represent tropical themes well and taste good no matter what the intended atmosphere of the party.

Safety Matters

Planning a Pool PartyWarm summer days can cause foods that should be served cool to heat up quite quickly, so make certain that you’ve got enough ice on hand to keep them at the proper temperatures. That cucumber and pineapple salad, for instance, should be placed in a bowl over another bowl containing ice, and the ice should be checked every hour and replaced if it has melted. It’s also a good idea to keep plenty of drinking water available — adding a few sprigs of fresh mint and sliced lemons is a nice touch.

The main thing to remember about food for outdoor entertaining is that it be kept as simple as possible while still being tasty and easy to hold. Making sure that there is plenty of it will also help ensure your party’s success.

 

10 Best Foods for a Glowing SkinDo you know the secret to a healthier skin? There are countless products on the market today with special ingredients that claim to be the best dark spot corrector.  Among these, the best cure still comes from all-natural products. But relying on cosmetics alone is not enough to enhance the appearance of your skin. Eating a healthy and balanced diet is the best possible remedy for all sorts of skin woes.

Here are 10 best foods for a gorgeous skin. Find out which of your favorites will help your skin look better.

  1. Oatmeal – If you want to look younger, a bowl of oatmeal a day helps reduce wrinkles. Studies show that a spiked blood sugar increases your body’s level of androgens, a hormone that adds to wrinkle formation. Oats take longer time to break down in your body so it keeps your blood sugar stable.
  2. Cooked Tomatoes – Tomatoes contain lycopene, a phytochemical that helps eliminate skin-aging free radicals triggered by the ultraviolet rays of the sun. Cooking tomatoes is a way to concentrate its lycopene levels so you have a good sun blocker in the process.
  3. Almonds – Almonds contain lots of vitamin E which is an essential protector against sun damage. If you consume 14 milligrams of vitamin E or around 20 almonds a day, your skin is less likely to get burned even when exposed to UV light.
  4. dark-chocoDark Chocolates – Dark chocolates are stuffed with high levels of flavonols, antioxidants that help protect skin from UV damage. Chocolates rich in flavonols and cocoa content help improve skin structure and function.
  5. Carrots – Carrots are effective blemish blasters because of their rich vitamin A content. Vitamin A acts in preventing overproduction of skin cells. In effect, there are fewer dead cells to combine with sebum and produce clogged pores.
  6. Green and Yellow Vegetables – A regular dose of green and yellow vegetables helps fight wrinkles. These veggies contain the antioxidant carotenoids which are effective in decreasing your skin’s sensitivity to the sun.
  7. Kidney Beans – Kidney beans have high zinc content making them an effective remedy against acne. Zinc is an anti-inflammatory agent that heals acne, calms irritation in the epidermis and treats rosacea.
  8. Green Tea – A cup of green tea a day helps fight skin inflammation and redness.  The tea’s antioxidants also aid in preventing skin cancer and neutralizing the effects of the sun on your exposed skin.
  9. Salmon – Salmon contains omega 3 fatty acids that do wonders for your skin. Omega 3 fatty acids are known to decrease inflammation, acne and other skin problems. So if you want to have smoother, younger looking skin, consume foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids.
  10. 10. Sunflower Seeds – Sunflower seeds are good sources of vitamins D and E. Vitamin D is essential in combating inflammatory conditions while vitamin E helps accelerate wound healing and skin damage caused by UV light.

nourish your skinNourish your skin inside and out with skin-saving foods. The next time you drop by the supermarket, make sure to stuff your cart with healthy food items good for the skin. It will surely give you a different glow!

gordon-ramsay-london-burger-lawsuitThe London – it is known for being one of the best hotels in the world. It offers outstanding service and personal amenities. And it looks and feels chic, modern and luxurious, from the posh New York City location to the stylish interiors and even… the food? Apparently the culinary team, spearheaded by Gordon Ramsay, likes to serve ceramic in their food. Well, at least that’s according to one Markus Barthel, a German tourist who is reported to be in the food business as well. Barthel wasn’t able to enjoy his dining experience at the hotel’s restaurant, and so now he’s taking legal action.

“And how would you like your burger cooked?”

Markus BarthelThe Daily Meal reports that Barthel, a sous chef himself, sustained serious injuries while eating a meal at the restaurant. He ordered a juicy hamburger but, instead of enjoying its mouthwatering contents, was surprised, dare I say enraged, when his tongue and mouth got cut. It appeared that the hamburger had a sharp piece of ceramic that accidentally got into his food. And because of the injury, the German visitor had to have surgery. But although his tongue and mouth were repaired aesthetically, functionally it was not as he claims to have lost his sense of taste, and the loss would now make it difficult for him to continue working as a professional chef. The incident happened in March 2013.

The Injury Lawsuit

A Portland-based injury law firm says that Barthel hopes to receive compensation for the long-term effects caused by this mishap. The lawsuit states that the case “is a negligence and product liability action brought by the plaintiff, MARKUS BARTHEL, for damages suffered as a result of the plaintiff eating a hamburger, prepared and served at the defendants’ hotel restaurant, which contained a concealed, sharp foreign item. As a result of the defendants’ negligence and the defective nature of the food served, the plaintiff suffered serious injuries that rendered him unable to continue working in his occupation as a professional chef.”

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Why Target Ramsay?

Gordon Ramsay, who isn’t just known for his food but also for shows like Masterchef, Kitchen Nightmares and Hotel Hell, was not personally named in the lawsuit against the London. This is due to the fact that his restaurant was purchased by the hotel four years back and licensed his name for use. His representatives stated that “Gordon Ramsay is not involved in the day-to-day runnings of the restaurants or kitchens as is a licensing agreement, but is in communication regarding updates and changes at the restaurant. But that doesn’t stop Barthel’s lawyer, Florian Bruno, who had a few things to say about him. And what he said seems to imply that while the chef is fond of criticizing others’ cooking and the way they run their restaurants, he himself screws up big time for not being able to oversee what happens at his own establishment.

Ramsay is the proud owner of several food establishments that, all in all have earned 15 Michelin stars, an award given to food establishments that display outstanding performances in food service. Sadly, the 2 stars awarded to Gordon Ramsay at the London has been rescinded because of the complaint. And take note, this is the nth time a restaurant of his has been slapped with a lawsuit. So maybe Bruno wasn’t far off. Maybe this poses as a lesson to the superstar chef – that he be careful of the decisions he makes in the business end of things, especially with establishments he lends his name to.

There’s always room for burger joints in NYC, most especially when they offer healthy, organic meat. It’s very refreshing to find good places to eat while enjoying the company of good friends. I, for one, just love eating organic burgers, According to Matt from bestgrassseed.net, the best burgers are made from cows that only eat grass grown from the best types of seed.  There’s just something in a healthy burger that draws my attention to it and satisfies my craving for food. Organic burgers are very tasty, not to mention, good for the waistline. They are works of art too. It’s fascinating how burger joints come up with unique combinations of ingredients to pull together ultra satisfying, artistic, delicious burgers. Without further ado, here are the best organic burger joints in NYC. Try ‘em, you’ll love ‘em!

  • Bareburger – Great place, delicious organic food – this place definitely gets my thumbs up! I love the fact that Bareburger offers so many options. Their create-your-own burger is a crowd favorite as it lets you put together fantastic combinations of meat, cheeses, toppings, and sauces. Their dipping sauces are absolutely fantastic, most especially their one of a kind curry ketchup. If you happen to be in Astoria, NY, do drop by at Bareburger for a casual lunch or dinner with friends.bearforwebjpg
  • Smokey Burger – If juicy organic burgers are what you’re looking for, you should definitely give Smokey Burger a shot. This burger joint provides all organic meat, cooked in real juicy goodness that makes you want to come back for more. Pair your burger with fresh coconut juice, fries or salad, and you’re good to go. Do make a reservation though coz this place is always jam-packed with people, most especially on weekends. Smokey Burger is located between 8th and 9th Ave. New York, NY.-Postcard_of_Smokey_Burger
  • Moo Burger – I recently discovered Moo Burger in Brooklyn, NY, and boy was I in for a treat! Their bison meat burger with caramelized onions, mushrooms and blue cheese is to die for. What’s more? Service is oh so fast even on a busy weekend. Pair your burger with a blue marble ice cream shake and you won’t be disappointed.moo-gourmet-burgers-1
  • Two 8 Two – Another fantastic burger joint in Brooklyn, NY is Two 8 Two. The Billy burger is one of their bestsellers as well as their onion rings. This place is perfect for a casual night out with friends as it offers a great selection of beer and cocktails.282-burger
  • The Burger Guru –This burger joint offers a great selection of organic meat. Elk, antelope, ostrich meat, you name it they have it! The Burger Guru is a nice neighborhood bar with reasonably priced, great tasting food and drinks. This organic burger joint is located between 8th and 9th street in Brooklyn, NY.burger_guru_outside

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Restaurants Find Gluten-Free Recipes Challenging

What is Gluten-Free?

A lot of hungry Americans are currently craving for gluten free foods. A gluten-free diet is designed for people suffering from celiac disease and gluten intolerance, and it is said to aid in reducing stomach upsets, headaches, muscle cramps and other symptoms caused by the said conditions. While many food establishments do offer gluten-free foods, many have trouble coping with the demands. They say that recipes for this particular diet are quite hard to execute since a lot of the stuff people eat contain gluten.

According to an article from The Wall Street Journal, “About two million to three million Americans, or nearly 1% of the population, suffer from celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder in which the ingestion of gluten interferes with the absorption of nutrients, according to the Center for Celiac Research & Treatment in Boston. The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness estimates that another 18 million Americans have a gluten sensitivity, meaning they experience diarrhea, anemia and other symptoms similar to those of celiac disease, but lack the antibodies and intestinal damage found in those with the disease. Millions more who don’t have a specific health issue are eliminating gluten from their diets. Nearly 30% of Americans surveyed by market research firm NPD Group Inc. said they are trying to avoid gluten, up from 25.5% three years ago. ”

VIDEO: FDA sets guidelines for gluten-free labeling

According to an LA-based FDA lawyer, the FDA released a final rule in August 2013 on the labeling of gluten-free products, creating a standard definition of the meaning for all food manufacturers. Now in order to make the gluten-free claim, a food manufacture must meet a series of requirements set by the FDA such as, “…that the food must contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten”. More on this here.

In 2010, consumers were furious with California Pizza Kitchen when they served up pizzas made with gluten-free crusts. Apparently, the crust was the only part of the pizza that didn’t contain the protein. Since then, the establishment has been very particular with the way they prepare their gluten-free menu. They use a separate area to prepare the food, and make sure that they don’t touch regular pizzas once placed inside the oven.

Where is Gluten found?

Gluten is found in grains such as wheat, rye and barley, and a lot of ingredients and food products are derived from these grains. That includes flour, bread, beer, cereals, gravy, bouillon cubes and many more. Even hot dogs, soy sauce and certain candies surprisingly contain gluten. So imagine the number of foods people are giving up, and imagine the number of ingredients restaurants are left to work with just for them to cater to individuals seeking gluten-free grub.

California Pizza Kitchen makes sure that each pizza off their gluten-free menu contains less than 10 parts per million of gluten. Yes, there’s still a tad bit in there. Gluten Intolerance Group of North America Executive Director Cynthia Kupper explains that “there’s never going to be a 100% guarantee that a restaurant meal will be gluten-free.” With different restaurants wanting to live up to the quality and taste of food they’re best known for, that’s just difficult to achieve.

Garage themed restaurants are dedicated to making all car enthusiasts feel at home. Located throughout the country, these restaurants take automotive nostalgia to a new level. Some are designed to appeal to race car fans, while others are geared towards the average wrench turner who likes nothing more than getting greasy on Saturday afternoon.

garage_logoThe Garage, Oklahoma City, OK -The Garage restaurants are located in both Norman and Edmond Oklahoma. Located just outside of Oklahoma City, the Garage offers many of the American favorites on their menu. Hamburgers, tacos, salads and a wide variety of appetizers makes this the perfect stop to watch the game or just hang out with friends. The menu is full of garage related terms and the decor is detailed to make every car fan feel at home.

post_display_faa544ca4661d0144d4ac975c7366e86Vinsetta Garage, Berkeley, MI – Vinsetta Garage in Berkeley Michigan is a throwback to the old gas station days. With neon signs, cool garage lights and pictures portraying the day to day activities most garages and fill up stations were known for. Automotive memorabilia promoting both past and present vehicle manufacturers line the walls and make bring back memories of car makes that have been left behind long ago. Located just outside of Detroit, Vinsetta’s lives up to the rich automotive history of the area by including many items from the major automotive manufacturers in the area.

476610_225014910940944_1333648549_oFord’s Garage, Fort Myers, FL – Ford’s Garage is located in Fort Myers, Florida. It serves burgers and other American foods in addition to having many of the country’s favorite beers on tap. A cross between a sports bar and restaurant, Ford’s Garage is the perfect destination for a night on the town or a group of friends to hang out and watch the big game. The restaurant features many different types of automotive memorabilia, including old gas pumps and fixtures that can be dated back to the 1930′s and 40′s.

g12c000000000000000719f8a58ab727e71ffca0cfb9de4ff77166ba6c5Angry Ham’s Garage, Framingham, MA – Angry Ham’s Garage is one of Framingham’s most popular night spots. Known for its delicious food and inviting atmosphere, Angry Ham’s brings everything automotive to light. From old antique cars to signage and other historic memorabilia, the bar and grill is sure to make every car enthusiast feel right at home. The grill offers steaks, hamburgers, wings and a wide variety of favorites to meet the taste of everyone who enters the front doors. The bar portion of the establishment also offers live entertainment and several weekly drink specials.

sparky-s-garageSparky’s Garage, Dillon, MT – Located in Dillon, Montana, Sparky’s Garage is a popular nightspot for individuals from all over the area. The casual garage theme offers includes antique signage, old vehicles and a large selection of automobile memorabilia from almost every decade. The restaurant offers a wide selection of American favorites including wings, burgers, salads, fries and barbecue ribs. Reminiscent of the 1950′s, Sparky’s has the feel of an old time soda shop mixed with all of the favorite things most auto enthusiasts enjoy.

Traveling across country can be more enjoyable if stops are made along the way at places that cater to a person’s individual interests. Car enthusiasts will have a great time visiting these restaurants and remembering the good old days. Good food and good times are just around the corner when cars and food are brought together.

9 Best Bakeries in the USWe just can’t get enough of baked goods, whether it be sweet or savory. And with so many bakeries across the country, many would like to know which among the 6000 or so companies are sure to satisfy their palates. With that in mind, here are 9 of the best bakeries in the US.

  1. Porto’s Bakery
    Location: Los Angeles, CA
    From a small home-based cake business, Porto’s Bakery is now open at three different locations in Los Angeles. The bakery offers a diverse array of baked goods from Cuban recipes like the flauta to European delights such as the almond biscotti. This bakery is a great model to follow for anyone starting their own home-based bakery.
  2. Amy’s Bread
    Location: New York City, NY
    Amy’s Bread is all about traditional baking techniques. They create everything by hand, they make it with slow fermentation and other traditional methods, and they make it a point to use only natural ingredients.
  3. Salty Tart
    Location: Minneapolis, MN
    One of the fastest growing bakeries in the country is Salty Tart. The bakery features a lot of delicious, rustic creations like the creamy coconut macaroons they call “crack-a-roons,” and they also offer fresh breads and pastries made with seasonal ingredients.
  4. Levain Bakery
    Location: New York City, NY
    Levain Bakery is known for their sensational yet affordable baked products.  They are best known for their six-ounce chocolate chip walnut cookie, which is all crunchy on the outside but oh so gooey on the inside. Locals love it, tourists can’t wait to check the place out.
  5. Macrina Bakery
    Location: Seattle
    The bakery is meant to create toothsome products by enhancing the natural ingredients used, as well as the flavor of the grains. They also want to bring people a menu of baked goods that can be served at any meal. And all their creations are a living testament to a philosophy fulfilled.
  6. The Standard Baking Company
    Location: Portland, ME
    The Standard Baking Company offers loyal customers a collection of breads and pastries that are made from scratch every day, which includes their best-selling ham and cheese croissant and other faves such as their sesame and poppyseed fuogasse and blueberry hand pies.
  7. Flour Bakery and Café
    Location: Boston, MA
    Made fresh and served hot off the oven, Flour Bakery and Café is always filled with hungry customers from early mornings to late afternoons. They specialize in sweets, but would also offer made to order sandwiches and healthy salad selections.
  8. Dominique Ansel
    Location: New York City, NY
    It is where the original cronut is located (For those still living in a cave, it’s a croissant/donut hybrid). But aside from that, Dominique Ansel is also famed for many other unique pastries such as their chouquettes and kouign amann.
  9. Tartine Bakery
    Location: San Francisco, CA
    Lastly, there’s Tartine Bakery. Beloved by many not just for their selection of freshly-baked breads that come in country, walnut sesame and whole wheat, but also for their delectable pastries that have been created using the best European techniques.

6_Best_Sushi_Restaurants_in_the_EastIf you absolutely adore eating sushi like me, then you probably love preparing them, as well. It’s also great to learn new sushi recipes and share them with your family and friends, or just make them for yourself. For really good, fresh and mouthwatering sushi (and I’m not talking about California rolls), it’s always nice to try one of the top sushi restaurants in the country. And even if you can’t get your hands on the recipe or can’t get the chef to teach you, you can always just put your own spin on their best sushi selections.

O Ya in Boston – One of the best sushi restaurants in the country is O Ya. The place is quite lovely as it looks way different from a regular sushi bar. On their menu is a fried Kumamoto oyster nigiri with yuzu kosho aioli and squid ink bubbles that is just absolutely delicious!

Uchi in Austin – Who knew that Austin could be home to one of most notable sushi restaurants around. Chef Tyson Cole uses local ingredients in his food, along with fresh fish flown from Japan on a daily basis. He’s got everything on the menu, from anago to ikura and hirame.

Masu Sushi and Robata in Minneapolis – A quirky restaurant with a fun sushi selection. The menu offers a wide variety of food, including choices for dessert, happy hour and late nights. A couple of the offers that Chef Katsuyuki Yamamoto is most proud of are the habanero masago and wasabi tobiko.

Brushstroke in New York City – One of the best sushi restaurants in the east coast. It not only boast of masters from the well-known Osaka cooking school, Tsuji, but it also gives people an assortment of Japanese food of which the best and freshest nigiri can be found. 308

Miyake in Portland – For the most delicious sushi along the Atlantic, you will have to find Chef Masa Miyake. His selections are made with local catches, so yes, lobster is included on the menu (the Maine lobster roll), as well as unagi, negi-hana and the super toro.

Morimoto in Philadelphia – Of course, the list would not be complete without something from the Iron Chef himself. Morimoto offers a fusion of Japanese and Western cuisines, but still the sushi is delectable! Especially the soft shell crab roll and the ume shiso cucumber vegetarian roll.

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