The carefully rolled nature of sushi makes it ideal for starting snowballs, which is why it's commonly known as "snowman heart." Eat to the center of snow with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of authentic Japanese fare at Nara of Japan in Newport News.
Nara of Japan's chefs, first firing up their Teppanyaki tabletop griddles 26 years ago, sizzle up hibachi dishes and coil up sushi rolls using fresh, hand-selected ingredients. Order a Nara dinner and nosh on a hibachi shrimp appetizer while watching a gourmet swordsman slice, sear, and blade juggle your choice of meat—such as chicken ($14.50), filet mignon ($17.55), or lobster ($21.95)—before slinging it on your plate alongside Japanese soup, salad, and rice. Nara quells seafood cravings without relying on saltwater-transfusion machines with a bevy of sushi spreads, such as the squid-filled nigiri sushi ($3.95) or the tuna maki sushi roll ($3.95). Or, savor the selection of chef-crafted specialty rolls, including the Green Dragon roll, a flavorsome bite brimming with avocado and ocean-born delights ($7.95), or the Japanese Lasagna, a california roll canopied with marinated massago ($6.95).
In addition to the sleek tabletop grills, Nara of Japan's elegantly simple dining room boasts wood floors and wall-lined stone mosaics, lending the Asian eatery an upscale, yet relaxed vibe perfect for family dinners, romantic dates, or chopstick-jousting matches.