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In Dining

Milwaukee diners love sushi and there are plenty of options.

Sushi guide

Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on May 15, 2010 at 11:11 a.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on, but it's possible some details, specials and offers may have changed. As always, we recommend you call first if you have specific questions for the businesses mentioned in the guide.

There was a time, not long ago, when eating sushi was considered an exotic and -- let's be honest -- a somewhat strange act.

Remember when Claire Standish (Molly Ringwald) pulled some out for lunch in "The Breakfast Club?" John Bender (Judd Nelson) almost had a seizure.

When Japanese pitcher Hideo Nomo came to Milwaukee to pitch for the Brewers in 1999, he didn't find a lot of options. (His favorite spot, Restaurant Hama, is now closed.)

Today, people in and around Milwaukee eat sushi without stigma. And, they eat a lot of it. In preparing this guide, we came up with roughly two dozen outlets that feature sushi and we're not even sure we got them all. (Use the Talkback feature if your favorite isn't listed.)

You can find sushi in some form at nearly every grocery store. Many grade school kids pick sushi over traditional dinner staples like macaroni and cheese and pizza.

One of the more interesting things about sushi is its subjectivity and, for lack of a better word, snobbery. You might have a favorite place and your friend may not like its offerings at all. Some people will try to "convert" people to their favorite place. Other sushi diners may consider themselves adventurous, but stick to ordering the same thing at the same restaurant year after year.

Here is a list of local sushi outlets. Grab some chopsticks and wasabi and dive in.

1198 George Towne Dr., Pewaukee, (262) 695-3888

There is something for everyone here. The menu offers sushi and sashimi, rolls, hibachi and even some Chinese and Thai selections in an ornate atmosphere. The prices aren't cheap, but most of the patrons look like they can afford it.

850 N. Plankinton Ave., (414) 270-0890

The venerable chain draws a steady stream of tourists and Downtown residents and office workers. Though most come for teppanyaki, they do roll some sushi.

Big Tuna Japanese Grill & Sushi Bar
3624 S. Mooreland Rd., New Berlin, (262) 785-8988
This is the place to go for inexpensive lunch specials, which range from $8-$10 and come with soup, salad and rice. All entrees are made with a careful eye for presentation and a strong consideration for flavor. Try the Black Dragon Roll or the Red Snapper Teriyaki.

17395 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield, (262) 796-1977
Striving to bring the authentic Japanese cuisine experience to Wisconsin, Fujiyama on 108th St. was the first sushi and hibachi restaurant to open in West Allis. Now with a Brookfield location (which sadly has no hibachi grill) there's even more opportunity to enjoy Fujiyama's sleek decor and solid service.

Ginza Sushi Bar
2727A N. Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa, (414) 771-3333
For friendly and knowledgeable service and affordable prices, Ginza Sushi Bar in Tosa offers a variety of Japanese and Chinese cuisine. Don't feel like going out? They deliver.

Hotaru Steak & Sushi House
N50 W35016 Wisconsin Ave., Okauchee, (262) 569-1433
City dwellers will proclaim "it's a hike to get there," but locals swear by the fresh ingredients and fun atmosphere.

2336 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 278-8056

One of Milwaukee's more affordable Japanese restaurants boasts "the largest sushi selection in Milwaukee" and doesn't skimp on quality. Ichiban offers some of the city's finest sushi, sake and bento dinners. Enjoy their food to-go if you're in a rush.

2178 N. Prospect Ave., (414) 271-5278

Want a sure-fire way to verify that this long-time spot has not lost its fastball over the years? Walk in on a Monday or Tuesday night and see how many local chefs are enjoying the fresh sushi and extensive sake list. They've been doing it right for over 20 years.

4918 S. 74th St., Greenfield, (414) 281-9868

Established in 2003, this family-owned restaurant flies in fresh seafood three times a week and prides itself on presentation.

Kiku Japanese Restaurant
202 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 270-1988

Ranked among the Top 100 Asian Restaurants in the United States in the MenuAsian competition, this bar/restaurant is the perfect spot to blow off some late-night steam and indulge in sushi, teriyaki cuisine, and tempura dishes - and take advantage of their great alcohol selection.

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JenkiBRE | May 13, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. (report)

By far, the super yummiest maki and sake options are here!

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mmlou8026 | Feb. 18, 2011 at 5:28 p.m. (report)

Kiku was voted best sushi in Milwaukee 2010 by shepherd express, so I do not know why they are pretty much dismissing kiku I am a huge sushi fan and have been all over town and have no found a restaurant with better deals prices and selection! It is now my new regular sushi place I have never been let down by the fresh quality of the fish!

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d1johnson | May 17, 2010 at 3:04 p.m. (report)

You forgot to include Lucky Liu's which, as far as I know, is the only place that delivers sushi and it's definitely the only place with a 1/2 Japanese, 1/2 Chinese menu so you can get sushi AND lo mein at the same time!

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chef jovan | May 17, 2010 at 9:23 a.m. (report)

My wife and I dine at Wasabi as often as we can. The fish is so fresh, the sushi bar is the best place to sit, the Chefs are friendly, and the rolls and specialty sushi is fantastic!!! We had Yellowtail collar the last time we were there, that was served as sashimi, and then grilled to perfection, outstanding!! The fresh REAL wasabi they have adds so much to the experience. Not cheap, but worth EVERY dollar!! Go, just go.

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