My other question is, where to go for sushi?
Background: I've been to several places in the Maryland/DC area, one in Virginia. So far, the current favorite is Niwano Hana, which has really good sushi for a decent price. I've been to Momo Taro, maybe it was having an off night, but it wasn't as good as Niwano Hana. I've been to Tako Grill several times, it was mediocre. I've been to Aji Nippon, it was mediocre (though Tako was better). I've been to Matuba for lunch, mediocre to poor (which was disappointing because I'd heard good things). I've been to Hinode for their lunch buffet, the quality of the fish seems fine, but the lunch sushi is not great. I've been to Sushi-Ko, it was quite good. I have been to Yamazato, it was also quite good.
Here's the problem: While I've been to several places in the area, at the best they are very good. Not excellent. I am searching for an excellent sushi place. Places I've been to in other cities, just to give an idea what I'm thinking of (if any of you are familiar with them). San Diego: Sushi Ito, Ono Sushi. Both very good. St. Louis: Drunken Fish. Very good. Las Vegas: Nobu. Good.
The crux of this is that I spent 8 years in Boston. I've been to Fugakyu, which is very good, sometimes excellent, Ginza, which has slipped downhill, and the star, Oishii. In my mind, Oishii is excellent. Every time. I want to find a place that is consistently excellent in the DC area, but so far all I've managed to find are places that are very good.
So, where do I go around here that is excellent? I've not been to Kaz Sushi Bistro, and I intend to go. Any other suggestions? I'm willing to drive a ways here, as most anything in the area is closer than Boston. Thanks in advance for any help, and thanks for reading this whole thing!