In Kansas City, sushi has become more than a culinary novelty. The Japanese cuisine has infiltrated the Heart of America’s food scene, becoming so popular that it even makes a regular appearance in the buffet at Harrah’s Kansas City, a major casino and venue space. There are also many restaurants in Kansas City solely devoted to sushi, from downtown’s Nara—voted "Best Sushi" by KC Magazine—to Waldo’s Kokoro Maki House, known for its tempura rolls. Certain restaurants, such as Kobe Japanese Steakhouse and Seafood, can even help Midwesterners used to nothing but good ol’ fashioned Kansas City steaks acclimate to the Japanese staple by pairing fresh sushi rolls with juicy cuts of premium beef.

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