Restaurants & Bars

Yo Sushi in Fairfield

Eviter | Feb 8, 2003 04:10 PM

I moved here (Suisun) from LA three months ago. Being unemployed, I have been pretty precluded from ANY dining out (which is KILLING me). And it isn't too much of a surprise that the Fairfield area is a chowhound's wasteland. At least I had the comfort that when I get a job, I'd be able to dine in Napa.

Well, I despair no more. At 1430 North Texas Street (just off Travis), is a converted burger joint, Yo Sushi. I passed by it for several months exactly because it was a converted burger joint and I was concerned that good sushi could never come from such a establishment. I also never saw anyone inside. Was I ever wrong.

They are not a traditional sushi bar in that you sit at a bar and watch the chefs make the sushi. There are only four booths in which to sit and there are stools to sit at the counter, but the glass that separates the counter and the sushi bar has been covered with dozens upon dozens of photographs of their Maki and Temaki creations.

Those are what blew me away. They are huge, monstrous handrolls which are incredibly inexpensive. I also know now that they often appear empty because most of their customers are ordering the food to go. I've eaten there twice in the past three days and while sitting at one of the booths, saw dozens of customers come in and pick up phoned-in orders.

The rolls are astonishing. Yesterday, my SO and I had the following: A Dragon (deep fried prawns, cucumber topped with unagi, avocado, and dragon sauce); a Titantic (deep fried prawns and veggies topped with salmon, tuna, and crab meat); Soft Shell Crab; and Asparagus Beef. The soft shell crab was only $6.50 and was perfectly fried and fresh. It was also much larger than I am accostomed to. The handrolls range in price from $3.50 to $6.50 and are incredibly filling.

They also serve tempura, katsu, teriyaki, and sunomo. I'm going to have to get a job soon, to support my new sushi habit. While I still like an occasional sit-down sushi bar with sake (Yo has no license), the quality and price of this little gem is unbeatable -- and I've eaten at some of the finest sushi bars Los Angeles has to offer, including Matsuhisa's.

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