When planning vacations, some people focus on local historical sites, others want to relax on sunny beaches and some dream of riding the biggest and baddest roller coasters. If you are a foodie you might plan your vacation around local cuisine. We’ve rounded up the most sushi-centric cities in the country. Book a ticket to one of these cities if you love ahi tuna rolls and sashimi.
Los Angeles, California
While sushi restaurants might seem like they are popping up on every corner, Los Angeles can say it started the trend. SoCal is home to the nation’s first sushi restaurant, which opened in 1966. While their parents might have turned up their noses at raw fish and rice, the young gourmets of the generation were raring to try new foods, and sushi fit the bill. Los Angeles is still home to plenty of sushi restaurants and being near the Pacific Ocean means ingredients are ultra-fresh. While the region is short on the quick-service, mom-and-pop sushi joints, there are plenty of upscale sushi bars that Hollywood notables and other locals love. LA Weekly provides a great list of the top 10 sushi places in the area.
Thanks to the area’s large Asian community, it’s easy to find plenty of authentic, top-quality sushi. Its proximity to the rugged Pacific Coast means the fish and seafood used to prepare the sushi are typically caught on the same day. If you are traveling with sushi newbies, start with sushi rolls. Stop at Toyoda Sushi in Lake City, which was recently named the Best Sushi in Seattle by Seattle Magazine.
New York, New York
Known as one of the most culturally diverse cities in the country, New York City is home to an array of sushi bars — from the corner convenience where you can grab a few quick rolls for lunch to places that serve formal sit down dinners. Here you’ll find options to fit both your pallet and your purse. If you are reluctant to vacation in NYC because of its high cost, Dish offers reassuring tips that will make your vacation more budget-friendly. Use your credit card points to get great deals on lodging —depending on which credit card program you are using, you can find nice rooms for as little as $40 a night, and by purchasing a seven-day unlimited MetroCard for $30, you can ride the subway from sushi bar to sushi bar for one low price.
Miami is well-known for its amazing restaurants and coastal flair. It’s almost impossible to walk a few blocks without passing a tempting sushi joint; Sushi is so popular here, you can often find it in Cuban restaurants (or even at the gas station). Of course, Miami’s ocean location means the ingredients are plentiful and fresh. Ask a local for a recommendation on where to go, or check out NAOE, an upscale joint on Brickell Key, with live seafood.
The culinary experience is certainly a wonderful way to see a city, especially when you’re just rollin’ through.