Looking for a unique and customizable meal for dine-in or carry out? Want something different from your usual sandwiches, salads, burgers or pizza? What about absolutely delicious—and local—sushi and tuna? You don’t even have to hop on a plane to feel like you’re on a tropical vacation with these fresh and exotic seafood delicacies. There is nothing fishy about these tasty local dishes.
Sashimi, Nigiri, Sushi Rolls and Boats
Crave lives up to its name, as it is sure to meet any sushi craving you may be having. If artistically arranged dishes are your thing, try the sashimi—thin slices of beautifully-arranged yellow fin tuna (or other fish of choice off the menu) on a serving dish. Or try the nigiri: hand-pressed sushi served over sushi rice. Crave also has cooked, vegetarian and specialty rolls. Vegetarians will love the Crave veggie roll of carrots, spinach, asparagus and cucumber wrapped with avocado with sesame dressing. Those who are looking to try something new will love the King Kong specialty roll with sushi shrimp, fresh tuna, cream cheese, avocado, jalapeño, spicy mayo and other sauces. Coming in with a group? Consider trying a sushi boat. The chef will select the number of rolls your group desires, paired with assorted nigiri. Veggie roll $10.95, King Kong roll $17.95, sushi boats $29.95-$99.95. 9100 Hudson Road Suite 108; 651.756.1000.
Tuna Poke Appetizer/Ahi Tuna Salad
Looking for the perfect bite of tuna but have your mind on another entrée? Start your meal off right with the tuna poke appetizer, a Craft favorite that features ahi grade tuna perfectly marinated with ginger-soy scallions, wasabi cream, fennel and cucumber relish and served with crispy wonton chips. $13.95. Does a bright and crisp salad sound right up your alley? Try Craft’s popular ahi tuna salad complete with a 6 oz. sesame crusted tuna filet, colorful peppers, spring greens, cabbage and jicama, topped with a sesame lime vinaigrette. $18.95. 700 Commons Drive; 651.735.1997.
If a quick yet scrumptious sandwich is what you are looking for, check out the hot panini menu at Dorothy Ann. Though you can’t go wrong with a California panini or a ham and cheese, you might want to try the tuna melt. Tuna seared to perfection on toasted bread makes a delightful sandwich that is paired with pickles and a cookie. $6.69. Add chips for just $.75. 651.731.3323; 710 Commerce Drive Suite 100.
Cravings’ ultra low temperature, high quality tuna is seared to your liking and melt-in-your mouth delicious. This spectacular choice is on the small plate menu, and you won’t want to share a single tasty bite. The ULT tuna entrée is complete with a unique carrot confit with soy caramel. $16. 755 Bielenberg Drive; 651.528.6828.
Whether sweet, spicy or something in between best suits your palate, Akita’s maki and hand-rolled sushi is not only pleasing to look at, but sure to please your taste buds as well. Try the popular Kyoto, a roll of crab meat, cucumber and avocado in a lettuce wrap and soy bean paper with house special sauce, served in 10 yummy pieces. Need to curb your craving for sushi and tuna? The Sakura, a roll of spicy crab meat and avocado, topped with red and white tuna, is the perfect mix and has a kick that spicy food lovers are sure to enjoy. Kyoto (10 pieces), $12.99. Sakura (6 pieces), $9.99. 779 Bielenberg Drive; 651.578.7888.
For the sushi connoisseur who wants to try different sushi variations, Sushi Tango is the place for you. Come any time after 3 p.m. and receive the chef’s choice: a variety of 10 nigiri. This includes three pieces of cucumber roll plus three pieces of tuna roll, but the rest is up to the professionals. Kick back and enjoy the miso soup and salad while Sushi Tango’s chefs work to give you the ultimate sushi experience. After this dinner, you just may have found a new favorite roll. $22.95. 8362 Tamarack Village; 651.578.0064.
Osaka Special Rolls
Osaka is great for anyone on the sushi spectrum, from a first-timer to a well-seasoned sushi lover. Osaka has everything from the basic favorites of the California roll, salmon roll, spicy tuna roll, Boston roll and more, to the Osaka special rolls like the sake maki, black dragon roll, spicy girl roll and more. The sake maki features salmon tempura and avocado with some extra crunch inside, topped with crab meat and a spicy mayo sauce. The black dragon roll is complete with delicious king crab, eel and avocado with tobiko outside. The spicy girl has spicy tuna, spicy yellowtail and cucumber for some extra crunch added to the spicy salmon with crunch on the outside. Spicy girl $13.95, black dragon $15.95. 9000 Hudson Road #622; 651.731.3333.