Within a streamlined storefront that recalls an aquarium, Sharky's Burgers and Fries swiftly placates palates with a menu of sandwiches and shakes. Chefs hand-hew spuds for fries and pack pure beef into patties that are never frozen or molded into action-figure shapes for fun before they hit the grill. Burgers tower to their tipping point with topping options that include bacon, fried egg, A1 steak sauce, mushrooms, and green peppers. Rows of booths and tabletops couch malt-slurping customers beneath surfboards and sharks hung from aqua-blue walls.:
The chefs at Mixx craft an internationally inspired menu of modern classics such as house-made pastas, sushi, and wood-fired pizzas. Start off with the calamari fritti tossed with sundried tomato vinaigrette, basil, and lemon-caper remoulade ($9) before surprising your palate with the stuffed cannelloni fiorentina bursting with ground chicken, veal, besciamella cream, three cheeses, and spring-loaded rubber snakes ($10). House-cured salmon snuggles into a sushi roll with mascarpone cheese and a spicy lemon-caper tartar sauce ($10); the Alexa wood-fired pizza hoists a hefty serving of pesto and goat cheese, bacon, rosemary roasted apples, and caramelized onions ($13).
Mizu Sushi & Grill plumbs the endless fathoms of deep sea deliciousness, converting diners’ stomachs into culinary aquariums with its neatly rolled menu of savory sushi and Japanese cuisine. For dinner, curl up by the flames of the hibachi grill for a portion of filet mignon ($19.95), or satisfy your inner vegetable farmer by chasing scuba-diving rabbits out of a seaweed salad ($4.75).
Fuji Sushi in the Arlington area is a dine in/carry out Japanese chain restaurant offering a host of al a carte sushi, soups, salads, noodles, entrées and hibachi dishes. There’s even an assortment of bento box lunch and dinner options to choose from, for the diner who wants a little bit of variety. With several locations around town, this unassuming outpost is tucked into a strip mall in the Regency section, along Commerce Center Drive. But don’t be misled: Fuji enjoys a strong local following. Try the steak, chicken, shrimp or salmon teriyaki bento box options, which come with soup, salad and shumai or gyoza and rice. A large selection of raw fish and vegetarian rolls round out most of the offerings, making this a catch-all restaurant for most anyone looking for simple Japanese food in a casual, comfortable environment.
Sake house, in the heart of the Riverside district, is an unassuming sushi and tepanyaki bar housed among area antique stores and vintage shops. The restaurant has several locations throughout the city, and each is famous for its delicious hibachi grill options, from lobster and steak to shrimp and scallops. Noodles and vegetables hit the searing hot grill as well, while cold-dish entrées fall in line with rolls of sushi, served à la cart or as part of a larger lunch. A gleaming mahogany bar, dim lantern lighting and themed art round out the cozy, fun vibe of the space, while traditional low tables and floor cushion seating gives patrons a more unique experience on weekend nights. A beer, wine and sake list help to round out an evening inside.
Nagasaki Sushi & Grill is a full service sushi, teppanyaki and hibachi restaurant on the north side of Jacksonville. Dimly lit with lantern-style lights and low-wattage recessed lighting, Nagasaki offers lots of options for hungry neighbors. Large booths line the circumference of the main dining room, with smaller tables in the middle. With a minimalist dark wood décor and a few Asian touches, Nagasaki Sushi and Grill offers a full sushi menu in addition to its seared and grilled mains, including the ubiquitous spicy tuna roll, plus salmon sashimi and Alaskan rolls, a variety of soups, appetizers and teriyaki dishes. More traditional Hibachi plates might include steak or chicken, shrimp, scallops and assorted vegetables.