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Gekko Sushi and Lounge
Sushi arrives as Repast retreats

Atlanta

The gecko is used to sell all sorts of things, from car insurance to the idea that you can boink Daryl Hannah while looking like Michael Douglas. Using similar logic to sell rolls, nigiri, and more, Gekko Sushi and Lounge.

Just opened in Repast's place, Gekko's a sexy, creative raw fish palace with a high ceiling, interconnecting wooden beams, and a central square sushi bar with white leather chairs that's chosen ATL as its second home after starting in Orlando, which thankfully didn't happen with Vince Carter. Commence the stuffing with deep-fried ginger chicken, grilled yellowtail jaw, the masago/ scallion-topped, flame-singed "Hamachi Torch", the imaginatively prepped "4-Way Tuna" sushi sampler, or panko-crusted oysters called "kaki", even though on Elimidate they insist they're simply "confident". Further 'shi includes bluefin tuna belly and horse mackerel sashimi (served inside an up-curled whole, edible bonus fish), plus they're doing up dinners like lightly battered Basil Duck, and a deep-fried pork cutlet w/ egg and onion called the Katsu Don...man, the well-haired Mr. King's even got animals pressing charges against him these days!

For desserters, there's tempura-fried ice cream and cheesecake, and when the liquor license arrives you'll be able to enjoy sake cocktails, bottles of Japanese brews (Orion, Kirin...), or surprising drafts like Unibroue Blanche De Chambly, a Belgian with a color described as "pale golden", but go easy, as nobody likes Falling Down.

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1. Gekko Sushi and Lounge 620 Glen Iris Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

Just opened in Repast's place, Gekko's a sexy, creative raw fish palace with a high ceiling, interconnecting wooden beams, and a central square sushi bar with white leather chairs that's chosen ATL as its second home after starting in Orlando, which thank

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