Like newspapers, folded sheets of seaweed can tell us about the environment while serving as an appetizing wrapper for fresh fish. Explore sushi's edifying exterior with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of authentic Japanese fare and drinks at Sushi Shoya in Madeira Beach.
Seafaring delights and terrestrial dishes share lodgings in Sushi Shoya's noodle- and fish-packed menu. Herd a gaggle of crispy calamari ($6.95) around their plated pasture, glide over a reef of pan-fried udon noodles teeming with shrimp, scallops, and crab ($11.95), or tuck tired grilled eel fillets into their bed of steamed rice ($15.95). The Vegetarian Paradise heaps tofu and seasonal vegetables ($9.95) plucked from the tofu vines that grow on the garden of utopia's cauliflower walls. Cool overheated stomach motors with Japanese dessert staples such as fried ice cream ($4.50) or apple tempura ($2.95). As they plot the destruction of sand chateaus built on the beach across the street, diners can wash down their bites of the sea's bounty with house wine or cold sake ($4.50 per glass), a bottle of beer ($2.50–$4.75), or a carafe of salt water.
Situated a few chopsticks’ length away from a nearby beach, Sushi Shoya serves Japanese fare and sushi amid ocean breezes. Inside, foliage spills from wicker baskets lining the doorway, echoing the pale green walls that envelop the eating environment in a natural tone. Guests can settle into black leather chairs at a table or sidle up to the sushi bar, where chefs slip fresh fish such as salmon, tuna, and spicy yellowtail into a variety of specialty rolls. Unlike their more secretive maki counterparts, nigiri sushi pieces covered with eel, surf clam, and smelt roe let it all hang out, much like clotheslines on vacation.