It seems there are more sushi restaurants than convenience stores around the Phoenix area. Some are ritzy, upscale places with top ratings both from customers and critics. And others run the gamut of comments from “I’m afraid to eat there” to “It’s usually pretty solid.” Sushi gourmands have their own standards. I’ll call ours the “four F’s” – fresh, fast and friendly and maybe just a bit fancy too. (Attractive plate presentation get bonus points.) You can find all four plus more at Sushi San in Gilbert. That’s why it’s one of our top sushi dining destinations.
No frills exist in the description of Sushi San. It’s neither a trendy chain nor a happy hour pickup spot. It’s a simple and unassuming location in a strip mall at the northeast corner of Warner and McQueen in Gilbert, but the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. Sushi San can be very accommodating, whether you’re part of a large family reunion, birthday party or a couple celebrating a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner — nestled in one of the over-sized booths. Of course, there’s a counter — the long bar runs nearly the whole length of the restaurant. Sushi San meets all four of our sushi standards. I have always found the fish to be only fresh, the service fast, friendly and efficient and the menu items to be presented with artistic creativity and flair. Plus it’s one of the few sushi places we know that serves seared tuna with fresh wasabi — Chuck’s favorite. My photos are inadequate however. Find more photos taken at the restaurant on the Sushi San Facebook page.
What are your favorite sushi restaurants around town? We’d love to know!
Bio: One of Nancy Garrett’s favorite journalism jobs was as writer-editor-photographer for an Arizona travel magazine. She hopes to develop that same sense of passion with her blog, AZGetawayTravel, where she writes about her travel experiences, travel tips, recommended destinations, lodging and restaurants. She also shares travel deals. Destinations and evaluations are based solely on personal preferences. No free lodging, food or other gifts are accepted in association with her entries.
Garrett, an Ohio native, moved to Arizona in 1978 and has lived in Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert and Show Low. She attended graduate school at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She and her husband have traveled throughout the United States and to Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada and the Bahamas.