Like a fine Cuban cigar, the best sushi is rolled by a skilled artisan, tastes best when savored slowly, and is often smuggled into the country under the top hats of migrant millionaires. Snag a taste of legal luxury with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Japanese fare and sushi at Fujiya House in Fredericksburg.
At Fujiya House, spatula-wielding teppanyaki chefs dazzle diners with tableside meat-grilling antics, and the fully stocked sushi bar serves up raw selections to the seafood-inclined. The menu keeps starters simple with dishes such as broiled edamame ($3), gyoza ($4), and shrimp or vegetable tempura ($5 each). Fresh fish and fruit find common ground in sushi rolls such as the Straw-Kiwi roll, a combination of deep-fried whitefish, strawberries, and kiwi with sweet sauce ($12), and the Macho roll helps counteract an ill-chosen Hello Kitty necktie by offering up a manly mix of spicy jalapeños, cream cheese, spicy tuna, and sliced seared filet mignon ($11). To sate un-raw appetites, chefs perform at Fujiya House's broad tableside grills, treating diners to meaty acrobatic feats while whipping up a mix of traditional teppanyaki dishes. Each grilled dinner comes with an appetizer, fried or steamed rice, and a choice of entree such as filet mignon and lobster ($28) or seasoned shrimp and scallops ($22).
Fujiya House Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar
Fujiya House's chefs display their dedication to the art of Japanese cuisine by crafting most of their menu directly in front of diners. Hibachi grills fill most of the brightly lit dining room, where planters of bamboo add small splashes of color to the neutral-toned walls. As the chefs dexterously slide cuts of filet mignon, chicken, or lobster across the grill tops, shining metal range hoods vacuum up smoke and stray rainclouds hovering over diners' heads. Nearby sushi chefs also wrap california rolls and thinly sliced pieces of nigiri.