My husband, adult daughter, and I will be staying in Carlsbad in mid-December and we'll have a car. We would like to try the best sushi in Southern California. This is something of a "quest" for us. It can be very cheap or pretty expensive, just as long as it's really amazing. We are not sushi purists, and we like rolls as much as perfect sashimi. We also like other small plates that might be served alongside sushi. We would be open to a 12 seat sushi bar where the chef is "right there", but would honestly prefer a place with an extensive, innovative menu, or one which offers an omakase of 10 or more creative courses. I've been looking at Sushi Ota and Asenebo. Ideally, I would like to make a reservation before we come out there so we can plan our visit and driving. I'll probably post this on the San Diego board, too.