We have put together our picks for the top sushi spots in the cannabis states after many of our travelers came to us with this question. We all know that we are eventually going to get the munchies during a trip based on consuming lots of legal weed, and a lot of times you don’t want something that is going to weigh you down in the middle of the day. Sushi is an obvious choice but sometimes it can be very disappointing if you wander in to the wrong place. Heck, it can ruin your whole day if your not careful. So we have put together a list of some our favorite spots for consuming raw fish so that you don’t have to play Russian roulette with your stomach.
SUSHI SASA / DENVER / 2401 15TH ST / RESERVATIONS
Within one year of opening, Sushi Sasa had been given the title of Best Sushi Restaurant by Westword, The Rocky Mountain News, and CitySearch, an honor for which they are very grateful. Sushi Sasa is also one of the 1,500 restaurants to be featured in the Zagat review of top American restaurants. In addition, the Gabby Gourmet listed Sushi Sasa as the only Japanese restaurant that is “to die for”.
MATSUHISA / VAIL / 141 EAST MEADOW DRIVE / RESERVATIONS
Noted chef Nobu Matsuhisa in collaboration with Nobuko Kang, created this exquisite establishment where sushi is an art form and the patrons are famous or look as if they should be. Located in the Solaris building in the heart of Vail village this modern design restaurant is cool and urban to the nth degree. People fresh off the slopes relax and dine on creative delicious cuisine. Try our omakase- the chef’s choice menu of what’s freshest and most interesting that day. Other favorites on the regular menu are the Chilean sea bass topped with fresh black truffles or the black cod marinated in sweet miso.
MARU / ASPEN / 320 SOUTH MILL STREET
Aspen’s Best Sushi Spot! Maru Aspen brings Japanese infusion to Aspen. With their unique twist on Sushi and Japanese food, you’re sure to find a dish that you’ll love. They start with only the freshest ingredients to stir fry delicious melodies of tastes and colors that are sure to delight the senses. A unique taste that must be experienced, you’ll return again and again and find something new with every visit.
SUSHI DEN / DENVER / 1487 SOUTH PEARL ST / RESERVATIONS
Sushi Den was born in 1985 when Toshi, who had been a chef in Tokyo and Los Angeles came to Denver to start the sushi restaurant. Toshi is the heart and soul of Sushi Den. Although soft-spoken, he communicates with the senses. Sushi Den is a feast for the eyes as well as the palette, and is the gathering place of Denver’s cutting edge.
SUSHI KASHIBA / SEATTLE / 86 PINE ST
Shiro Kashiba recently opened his new restaurant Kashiba to much accolades after being a staple in the Seattle sushi scene with his popular spot Shiros. This is not only amazing sushi by Washington standards, this is world class for sure.
MOMIJI / SEATTLE / 1522 12TH AVE / RESERVATION
Momiji is a hand-crafted Japanese restaurant located in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. They have a courtyard that’s an oasis in the bustling neighborhood. Their menu features sushi, rolls, omakase and other traditional Japanese foods prepared from great Northwest ingredients.
FUJIYA / TACOMA / 1125 COURT C
Fujiya Japanese Restaurant opened its doors on April 2, 1984 at its current location of 1125 Court C in Downtown Tacoma by Masahiro Endo. It is Tacoma’s first sushi restaurant, as Mr. Endo’s pioneering spirit has created the opportunity for many other Japanese restaurants throughout the Puget Sound and beyond.
HOKUSEI / PORTLAND / 4246 SE BELMONT ST
Expect bold flavors with an emphasis on freshness, using seasonal Northwest and Japanese ingredients whenever possible, specializing in Japanese fish. Executive Chefs Cody Auger and Lance Dillard team up to create traditional Japanese dishes yet to be approached by Portland’s restaurants. Their Omakase meaning “chef’s choice” are unique dishes using only the highest quality ingredients that result in premium freshness and taste.
MASU / PORTLAND / 406 SW 13TH AVE / RESERVATIONS
Portland’s second story sushi haven: extraordinary in quality and unique in its mid-century modern design. Since 2004 masu has been serving portland’s finest japanese food including the freshest selection of sushi and most creative specialty items. Locally owned and family operated.
NOBU / LAS VEGAS / 3570 S LAS VEGAS BLVD / CAESARS PALACE / RESERVATIONS
Located in the Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace, Nobu Las Vegas Caesars Palace was the first to offer teppanyaki in the United States. The restaurant offers a sophisticated yet whimsical experience and features a sushi bar, exclusive private dining area and an impressive selection of dishes including Nobu’s signature items such as the Black Cod Miso, Rock Shrimp Tempura, Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeño and Squid “Pasta”. Additional culinary offerings include cold dishes, hot entrées, brick oven dishes, kushiyaki, specialty tempura, sushi and more.
MIZUMI / LAS VEGAS / 3131 S LAS VEGAS BLVD / WYNN / RESERVATIONS
Star chef Devin Hashimoto, whose talent for marrying Japanese flavors with French technique earned critical raves as chef de cuisine at Alex Stratta’s five-star temple of haute French dining, now brings his deft modern touch to the Mizumi experience. Like its sister restaurants at Wynn and Encore, Mizumi is dramatic to the eye, a sweeping space framed by panoramic views of a tranquil lagoon and Zen-like gardens.
KABUTO / LAS VEGAS / 5040 W SPRING MOUNTAIN RD
The sushi prepared traditionally in Tokyo area, originating as street food, nearly 200 years ago. Utilizing the fresh catch from the local Tokyo Bay. Small pieces of raw or marinated ﬁsh applied to bite size pieces of vinegar rice known as nigiri sushi. Quickly prepared and quickly consumed an ideal roadside bite. As the preparation became popular and evolved the setting soon became more formal and ritualized. The result, one of the most intimate chef to guest experiences available in the world today. From the chef’s hands, to be customed only moments later. The sushi master’s energy and warmth coalesce with the perfect shari and netta resulting in a single perfect bite.
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