Named after the Japanese word for happy, Genki Noodles & Sushi captures the feel-good delicacies enjoyed by owner Reid Zeising during his childhood in Tokyo. Reid now oversees three locations that dish out a signature menu of traditional and experimental sushi rolls, tuna specialties, and Japanese barbecue bowls packed with grilled meats or tofu mixed with noodles or rice. In many dishes, classic flavors of spicy tuna and fresh water eel mingle with unusual additions such as parmesan cheese or mango.
Though each location sports its own distinct décor, all three locations glow under flat screen TVs and the blue light of fish tanks populated by ocean critters and a merman trapped in the body of a hermit crab. The Virginia Highlands location mingles exposed brick with a covered outdoor patio replete with breezy fans.
Pacific Spice’s friendly staff members guide patrons through a multicultural menu, sending diners hurtling mouthfirst through the varying cuisines of Japan, China, and Thailand. Groups of four or six searching for a dinner that's more entertaining than a kleptomaniac with a hole in his pocket can sample the theatrical steaming hibachi dinner. Tableside experiences begin with a round of shrimp appetizers and salads. Single-protein entrees such as salmon fillet offer concentrated flavor, and combination platters of filet mignon, shrimp, scallop, and lobster tail hit all of the different taste receptors—sweet, salty, meaty, and lobster. All entrees stick triple-axel landings onto waiting plates to the delight of hibachi vegetables, steamed or fried rice, and an array of ecstatic dipping sauces.
Kuroshio Sushi Bar and Grille slices the finest fresh fish in a welcoming atmosphere, offering a cornucopian menu of sushi, sashimi, and Japanese entrees. Ably warm taste buds with an appetizer of soft-shell crab, soy marinated and tempura-fried ($7) before moving on to flavorful main-course dishes. Sample bites of the house specialty tuna ahi poki maki, a marinated Hawaiian-style roll ($6), or eschew rice with thinly sliced cuts of salmon poki sashimi ($18 for 10 pieces). Lovers of flame-kissed fare may prefer a peppery plate of spicy lemongrass chicken orbited by savory satellites of miso soup, salad, and steamed rice ($12). Amplifying a festive ambiance, Kuroshio hosts events including sake tastings organized by a certified sake master and live jazz performances to keep growling ears well-fed.
The staff at Blush Kennesaw love talking clothes with their customers. Whether it's face-to-face in their cozy shop, or through their Facebook page, they leap at the chance to share the latest dresses and tops with other fashionistas. And with an ever-changing stock of colorful sundresses, trendy knit tops, comfortable shorts, and glimmering accessories, coupled with a penchant for 1920s sports trivia, they always have something exciting to chat about.