It's true: Ototo is delicious. Possibly the best sushi I've ever had. But they're open every night - is the city really so slow tonight that the best suggestion is eating dinner?
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I ate at Ototo once and while I agree that the sushi is top notch, Ototo itself is a trendy hellhole. Go down the hill to Fremont and eat at Chiso instead. The sushi is every bit as good and the atmosphere is a lot better.
I agree Chiso is better but Ototo is the only place I've seen that serves a Lobster Roll.
Cream Cheese in Makisushi? I want
to retch. There isn't a decent
sushiya in Seattle since Sanmi closed. As for Japanese grinds, Tsukushimbo
is Da Kine.
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