When it comes to Japanese food, you’re at the mercy of the maki master. Pull back on the epicurean reins with today’s Groupon: for $15, you’ll get $30 worth of design-your-own-sushi available for dine-in or carry-out at Maki: How Do You Roll?. Enjoy sushi in a new way, by living out your childhood fantasies of having a sushi roll made to your preference.
HDYR's menu gives you options for putting your own spin on seaweed-wrapped rice wheels of fish (or vegetable, chicken, or beef) goodness. Start by selecting your casing [traditional (seaweed, $3.95) or modern (soy, $4.95)] and your meat (13 options, $1.95 for beef to $2.95 for spicy yellowtail to $3.95 for soft shell crab), and then add vegetables (14 options, pick up to three, additional are 50 cents each) and specialty toppings (12 options, including flavored mayos, sesame seeds, and chili oil). You can also order sidekicks, such as seaweed, cucumber, or calamari salads ($1.50–$1.95), edamame ($.99), miso soup ($.99), or pre-concocted rolls like California ($5.95), Philadelphia ($6.95), or Mandarin chicken ($7.95).
Unlike hamburgers and pizza, you can’t delicately extract the undesired ingredients from a sushi roll without mangling your maki. This is a way to make sure your sushi is entirely stomach pleasing. Also, unlike your traditional fast food options, sushi is good for you and packs powerful health benefits in every bite.
- I thought the fish looked fresh as can be. The worker washed his hands (while wearing gloves) after touching the fish. – Maggie’s Austin
Unhealthy Sushi to Roll With
Sushi is a healthy alternative to the normal restaurant fare such as burgers and pizza. However, depending on what stuffs your sushi, you can turn a healthy meal into an unhealthy meal. Here are some least-healthy sushi rolls:
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Roll
- Thumbtacks and Blasting Caps Roll
- Inappropriate Dosage of Anesthesia Roll
- Meat? Roll
- The Corey Haim Roll
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How Do You Roll?
In 2008, brothers Yuen and Peter Yung opened the first How Do You Roll? restaurant, devoting it to inventive, customizable sushi. Since then, the eatery has expanded to multiple locations across four states—and in February of 2013, after they pitched their concept to the notorious panel on ABC's "Shark Tank," an investor decided to sink his teeth into helping the business grow even further. The shark-worthy idea? Chefs invite customers to build their own sushi rolls or bowls, beginning with white or brown rice, which can then be topped or rolled with ingredients such as raw spicy salmon, grilled chicken, avocado, and strawberries. Sauces such as wasabi mayo and toppings such as chili powder finish off each roll.
Other favorites at How Do You Roll? come in the form of preset combinations such as the Mango Tango, whose krab stick, salmon, vegetables, and mango salsa are assembled by a chef holding a rose in his teeth. The menu also caters to healthy-minded diners with low-carb bowls, gluten-free options, and 13 rolls that contain fewer than 300 calories apiece.