Hey, I've been out of the foodie loop for a while now but need some last-minute advice on a good sushi bar tonight? My friend is taking me out for my birthday, and we're bringing my well-behaved toddler who loves rolls. My friend and I normally hit up Sushi Zo (she'd drive up from Laguna Beach for Zo, our favorite) but last time we took my son there it didn't go so well. And anyway I understand they only do omakase there now, so that's out. But I'd like to get sushi that is as good or almost as good but no more costly than Sushi Zo. Would also like to stay on the Westside. My limited and possibly outdated thoughts on the higher calibre sushi bars on the Westside:
Urasawa way out of budget;
Wasn't thrilled with either Mori or Hiko the one time I tried each place;
Kiriko is probably the best option;
The Hump is also a possibility;
We went to Sasabune as Plan B when Zo was closed / Keizo in Japan and were so depressed;
I had liked Yabu but last time I was there (like, 3 years ago), was really disappointed;
Echigo almost as good as Zo but probably too purist for my son.
Am I sorely mistaken about anything? Any other ideas? Is Zo still omakase only? What's been better lately as between Kiriko and Hump? What about Bar Hayama? And wasn't there a place in Beverly Hills area that's supposed to be great?