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).
While admiring Fuji Sushi's sloped, wooden tiki roof, hardwood floors, and bamboo-hued walls, one might think the entire restaurant was carved from the trunk of an enormous tree. Yet the timbered eatery isn't afraid to play with fire—chefs toss morsels of fresh salmon, chicken, and steak into flames on kitchen hibachi grills, where crunchy vegetables also sizzle to form well-rounded Japanese entrees. Hot and cold sake, wine, and beer take the edge off hunger as guests watch sushi artisans slice sashimi and insulate rolls with shrimp, fish eggs, and sea urchin. After dining on curls of steaming fried noodles, patrons can sate sugar hankerings with a sweet Japanese dessert or donate their gently used chopsticks to the Toddler Fencing Association of Jacksonville.
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.