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Forget Frederick, MD for Sushi

jlomaz | Jan 31, 2008 04:42 PM

For as long as I've lived here I've been trying to find good (or at least decent) sushi. Today was the end of my five-year long journey for sushi in this miserable town. I've had sushi at all the places that usually make it onto this board and I am categorically unimpressed. Cafe Kyoko, for instance, has moderate sushi at sky-high prices. You can get the same quality at any hole-in-the-wall sushi place in DC. And it will cost you less. Then there's Matsutake and Miyako, both who serve mainly hibachi but taunt the sushi crowd with an extensive sushi menu. Both have less than mediocre sushi. My last visit to Miyako ended with a bite into a very fishy yellowtail roll. Another day I went to Matsutake for lunch, took one bite of the sushi I ordered, then paid my bill and walked out because of the taste of the fish. And China Garden? Just like the prepackaged sushi you can pick up at the grocery store. The low point of all sushi in Frederick was tonight. A new restaurant, Edo, opened near my house and I thought MAYBE there was some hope. It was kind of seedy looking outside, lacking sufficient light in the parking lot. But, nevertheless, I trudged in and ordered a variety of sushi, rolls, and even a couple cooked entrees to take home to the family. The bill wasn't bad, a mere $50. When I arrived home and tried a bit of each item, I was couldn't believe how bad it was. We actually threw it out. The rice inside of each roll was gooey, not at all like individual grains of rice it is supposed to be. And the fish was bad - it reminded me of China Garden, only the rice at Edo made it worse.

I can say, without a doubt, I have had fantastic sushi from many restaurants all over the country. I've been to all of New York's highly recommended sushi bars, plus sushi in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. I've even had sushi in Cleveland, Ohio that rivaled all of those (thank you, Pacific East). I've also had very good sushi in the Washington, DC area. I would recommend Kaz Sushi Bistro and Sushi-Ko, in addition to great places in Rockville that are wonderful and cheaper than sushi in Frederick. One of those places is Sushi House on Rockville Pike. Fantastic basics such as hamachi, maguro, and fresh salmon with outstanding quality. And, if you go at lunchtime, the rolls are two for $5.50.

Don't waste your time in Frederick. Head down 270 for much better fare.

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