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The 7 Best Sushi Spots in Philly

Published On 03/02/2015 Published On 03/02/2015

It can be hard to stray from the comfortable meal tropes of meat, cheese, and bread, but your palate's ninja training is severely lacking without the requisite amount of sushi. Crunchy, spicy, and downright indulgent -- from lobster tempura to Kobe beef rolls -- these are the seven local sushi restaurants where you'll find the most supreme sushi.

Courtesy of Kidari Sushi Yatai

Kidari Sushi Yatai

South Philly
This South St staple gives you creative sushi without an over-the-top ambience. Try the Rittenhouse Roll for a crunchy tobiko take on the California roll, wrapped in salmon and scallion, or an expansive menu of veggie options.

POD Restaurant

POD

University City
If you can get past the swarm of Penn students and oversized birthday parties, this place has delicious plates (scallion Kobe beef rolls!) matched with one of the best-stocked cocktail bars of any sushi restaurant in the city.

Izumi Restuarant

Izumi

Passyunk
Izumi on Passyunk Ave has mastered the quintessential lobster tempura roll, which sets up nicely to the Braised Beef Short Ribs or Soy Glazed Baby Back Rib entrées. Sushi pros will notice the difference in the top-secret yellowtail seasoning.

Vic Sushi Bar

Vic Sushi Bar

Rittenhouse Square
This Center City hole-in-the-wall is the most affordable way to get high-end sushi and unique roll combinations. Try the Sansom Roll for a shrimp-tempura, crab-stick, and avocado roll topped with tuna, salmon, avocado, eel sauce, spicy sausage, masago, and scallions.

Thai Pepper and Mikado Japanese Restaurants

Mikado Thai Pepper

Ardmore, PA
The menu is part-Thai food, part-sushi, and the restaurant is split likewise. Choose between traditional American seating -- the side of the restaurant with sports playing on multiple flatscreens -- or Japanese floor seating. Fried-food aficionados will appreciate the tempura platter and the crunchy deliciousness of the Flamingo Roll. Oh, and there's fried ice cream.

Iron Chef Morimoto

Morimoto

Market East
Chef Morimoto creates one of Philly’s top sushi experiences, complete with DayGlo-sexy décor and oversized wall projections. Despite its persistent trendiness, Morimoto still offers a laid-back vibe for you to feast on your Yellowtail Tartare or Yuzu Julep.

fatsalmonrestaurant

Fat Salmon Sushi

Market East
Fat Salmon can look like just another too-hip sushi spot with a waiting time to prove it, but once you make it to the table in the small space, you’re in for a low-key, casual indulgence on plates like the Naked Gyoza, spicy tuna or salmon on a giant deep-fried nacho and covered in masago, scallion, and sour cream.

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1. Kidari Sushi Yatai 1824 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146 (South Philadelphia)

This South Street staple gives you creative sushi without an over-the-top ambience. Try the Rittenhouse Roll for a crunchy tobiko take on the California roll, wrapped in salmon and scallion, or an expansive menu of veggie options.

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2. Pod 3636 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (West Phillyu City)

The best thing to come out of Miami since the song "Welcome to Miami", the Winter menu at Pod's the work of the Morimoto vet and Iron Cheffer behind Miami sushi hotspot Makoto, who's now bringing luxe sashimi toppings and a late night happy houring to U City.

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3. Izumi 1601 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148 (South Philadelphia)

Izumi is a BYOB Japanese restaurant and sushi haven in South Philly.

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4. Vic Sushi Bar 2035 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Rittenhouse)

This Center City hole-in-the-wall is the most affordable way to get high-end sushi and unique roll combinations. Try the Sansom Roll for a shrimp-tempura, crab-stick, and avocado roll topped with tuna, salmon, avocado, eel sauce, spicy sausage, masago, and scallions.

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5. Mikado Thai Pepper 64 E Lancaster Ave, Ardmore, PA 19003

The menu is part-Thai food, part-sushi, and the restaurant is split likewise. Choose between traditional American seating, the side of the restaurant with sports playing on multiple flat-screens, or Japanese floor seating. Fried food aficionados will appreciate the tempura platter and the crunchy deliciousness with the Flamingo Roll. Oh, and there's fried ice cream.

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6. Morimoto 723 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Market East)

Morimoto is the restaurant of, well, Masaharu Morimoto, the famous Iron Chef whose sushi creations continue to be on the cutting edge of the Japanese culinary world.

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7. Fat Salmon 719 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Market East)

Essentially a reincarnation of the just-closed Locust St sushi mainstay Shinjo, Fat Salmon's updated the former Aso Sushi spot as a slick, space-agey 50-seat BYO-for-now w/ a full sushi bar, serving Shinjo originals and then some: 40+ rolls from spicy to

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