Chopsticks help diners practice picking up small bits of seafood before moving on to freshwater stilt fishing. Stick to it with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of sushi at Big Eye Sushi Bar in Scottsdale.
Big Eye Sushi Bar's South Korea–born chef Yohan Yun wrangles never-frozen fish, house-made soy sauce, and crisp veggies to forge a menu of sashimi and maki that leave little room for rice. Citrus hamachi ($14) dresses yellowtail and avocado with spicy ponzu and sumiso sauce and spritzes the creamy-firm combination with orange, lemon, and ocean juice. Sea life swims up to gentle heat in the Surfer roll ($14), with subtly spiced shrimp showing off Yun's signature sauce. Among simpler bites, nigiri ($2–$7/two pieces) spotlight everything from quail egg to flying-fish roe. A concise drinks list lets Asahi Japanese beer ($7/22 oz.) or glasses of cold Otokoyama sake ($7) quench thirst and mustache-wax fires.
Big Eye Sushi Bar
Born in Seoul, South Korea, chef Yohan Yun first began working in sushi restaurants when he was 16. However, he credits his father with teaching him many of the skills that he still uses at Big Eye Sushi Bar to craft miso, soy sauce, and nato, a type of fermented soybean. The menu spotlights never-frozen fish; even the maki use rice sparingly. The rolls instead accessorize the tightly bundled fish and vegetables with such adventurous ingredients as chipotle cream sauce and thin slices of lemon. Orders of sashimi arrive with fragrant ginger sauce or jalapeños, keeping diners from tossing chopsticks to rakish musketeers having sword duels.