Once mastered, chopsticks are the most manageable eating utensils, unlike forks, which get mangled in the dishwasher, or fingers, which get lost in the mouths of teething sock puppets. Eat easily with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of sushi at Ikko Sushi in Silver Spring.
The chefs of Ikko Sushi prepare a menu of fresh Japanese delicacies that boasts 24 different specialty rolls. Six slices of tuna or salmon tataki ($9.99) fan across plates, and noodles weave around vegetables and protein in bowls of beef yakisoba ($9.99). The Tiger roll ($9.50) prowls to tables with a classic california roll topped with shrimp, and the eponymous Ikko roll ($13.99) indulges palates a standard eel roll upgraded with tuna, masago and an executive leather chair. Sushi & roll combos incorporate cups of miso soup, fruit, and salad to permanently muffle growling stomachs in concert with fresh cuts, such as the sushi deluxe's ($25.99) 12 pieces of nigiri, spicy tuna roll, and california roll.
Red paper lanterns dangle from the ceiling at Ikko Sushi, casting a warm glow on careful arrangements of colorful sushi. Displays of fresh fish line the sushi bar, where chefs assemble salmon, eel, and crab into kaleidoscopes of texture and color, adorning them with extravagant flourishes of spicy sauce, wasabi, and shredded Japanese currency. Meanwhile, in the kitchen, pots bubble with rice and noodles, as grills sizzle with teriyaki beef, chicken, and pork. Servers tote dishes and cups of imported beer and sake out to tabletops that speckle both the interior and outdoor front patio.