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.
True to its name, Maki Fresh crafts all of their dishes—from traditional sushi to their unique maki sliders—the moment guests place their order. Beyond classic sushi rolls, the menu features sashimi-grade fish arranged into unorthodox dishes. For example, a hibachi bowl comes with carrots, cucumbers, and spicy sauce atop filet, and burgers surprise taste buds with the interplay of pickles, maki spicy sauce, and tempura onion rings. Maki's chefs ramp up production for catering services, and host private parties of up to 30 people in the Atlanta location's private dining room.
With a few deft twists of the knife, chefs at Sushi House Buckhead slice fresh fish into a rainbow of rolls. They spoon bright orange dollops of roe onto the red dragon roll's green jalapeño buttons and wind salmon around small bouquets of sprouts. But sashimi, nigiri, and maki aren't the only meals rolling out of the kitchen—dishes such as beef and chicken teriyaki offer warm, noncylindrical sustenance washed down by sake. Though the chefs are busy conjuring the menu from fresh ingredients and freshly baked chopsticks, they also provide catering and host sushi classes that let laypeople in on maki-making secrets. Sushi House Buckhead is connected to Florida's Sushi House Orlando by a particularly long tuna roll.
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 new year is a time for introspection and the setting of resolutions, with goals such as eating healthier, joining a gym, or no longer stealing the neighbor's parrot. Celebrate one last night of parrot-snatching with today's Groupon: for $79, you get one ticket to a New Years Eve party at Shout on December 31 at 7 p.m.
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.
The sound of fire. The igniting exhalation before the steady breath of the flame sustains. The heat pulsing steadily outward from the steel grill—you feel it on your glowing face. But the chef looks cool. He’s a master, after all; a flat, metal spatula in one hand and an enormous, sharp knife in the other. Kani House’s teppanyaki tables are no strangers to the action of hibachi, where these chefs entertain their guests before plating seared steak and scallops alongside fresh, sautéed vegetables. The steady sushi masters may not share their compatriots’ outward exuberance, but their work is just as delicious. From behind their long bar, they assemble maki cylinders with tender cuts of fatty tuna and bright salmon, artfully arranging cuts of more than 50 specialty rolls in the shape of gentle caterpillars or fearsome members of the Japanese Diet. Bright bamboo panels and natural stone add to the vibrant ambiance, surrounding diners with dark-wood and nuanced accents that keep the focus on the beauty of excellent cuisine.