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Taste of Tuscaloosa: Sushi Soiree

Maki Fresh’s signature rolls include the Bubblegum, made with crab, avocado, cucumber, ahi tuna, wasabi aioli, and sriracha. Maki Fresh’s signature rolls include the Bubblegum, made with crab, avocado, cucumber, ahi tuna, wasabi aioli, and sriracha. Sheena Gregg

Pizza, hot wings, barbecue, and maybe even fried catfish top the list of delectable eats that most folks think of when it comes to Tuscaloosa. However, examine our eateries and food preferences closely, and you’ll find an interesting foodie revelation … Tuscaloosa loves sushi. I’m in the majority, too, but I wondered: What is it about sushi that is so special? 

“I love the fact that sushi isn’t just about raw fish anymore, but has more variety that appeals to everyone,” said Tuscaloosa resident Lauren Winters.  “Sushi always makes a fun girls night!” 

Whether it’s from a hibachi steakhouse, fine dining establishment, or the convenience of a local grocery store, any sushi lover can easily find some tasty rolls to satisfy that Asian craving. Check out a few of my favorite sushi locations quite worthy of a sushi soiree anytime this month. 

Maki Fresh 

As a John Cassimus founded establishment, you already know this place must be good. What makes it even better is the fresh take on sushi. As a fast-casual establishment, folks can avoid long waits at traditional sit down restaurants while still enjoying made-to-order sushi. If that isn’t enough, you can quench your sushi flavors craving in the form of a sumptuous rice bowl. 

Chuck’s Fish 

Chuck’s Fish are where sushi dreams are made of. Whether it’s a romantic dinner out with a loved one, or a fun and sassy girls’ night out, Chuck’s is a premiere sushi location. With specialty rolls that can be found nowhere else in Tuscaloosa, you haven’t had sushi until you’ve had Chuck’s sushi. Watch sushi chefs Brandon Hicks and Cory Johnson put on a show as they meticulously create your sushi masterpiece. And hey, if your dinner date isn’t into seafood, Chuck’s has steak and bacon lovers accounted for in their sushi creations.  

Fresh Market 

If you thought that there was no convenient way to get delicious sushi home ASAP to enjoy in your sweat pants, you were wrong. It almost seems too good to be true to walk down the aisles of the grocery store finding an impressive wine, ice cream, and sushi selection all in one place! Hello Friday night! Sure, they’ve got other things, but sushi quality is high on the priority list for the staff at Fresh Market. From Cajun crawfish rolls to spicy tuna rice bowls, Fresh Market offers options that allow you to nosh while watching Netflix from the comfort of your very own couch. 

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Sheena Gregg

Registered Dietitian/Assistant Director, Health Education and Nutrition Services at The University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa


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