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- Niki's Tokyo Inn
819 W. Hildebrand Ave., (210) 736-5471
Open 5:30-10:30pm Tuesday-Saturday
After driving past Niki's for several years, I finally stepped foot inside this tiny sushi place and quickly understood why it has such a rabid following. No, you're not going to find posh seating or ultra sleek tables. Far from it. But you will find Japanese-style where you're given the choice of sitting cross-legged on the floor or in private rooms where the your still level with the floor. Western-style seating is still available, because if you're like me you hate taking off your shoes and your legs fall asleep in 5 minutes flat. But if you're really about that traditional sushi life, sit at the bar, where you can watch your chirashi bowl being meticulously crafted. If you'd rather stick with traditional nigiri, Niki's take is sizable, but get it split in half for an additional charge. Trust me, it's worth the wait.
1810 NW Military Hwy., (210) 340-7808
11am-3pm & 5-9:30pm Monday-Tuesday, 11am-3pm & 5-10pm Wednesday-Friday, 10am-11pm Saturday, noon-9:30pm Sunday
Tucked away in sleepy Castle Hills is where you'll find Sushihana. But from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 4 to 6:30 p.m. on weekends, the docile neighborhood gets into the sushi happy hour at this local restaurant. Order 20 pieces of sushi for $20 (of either spicy tuna roll, salmon avocado roll, New Orleans roll) or 28 for $29 (same rolls as above with added spicy girl roll). Enjoy an extra piece of nigiri per order or spring for sashimi at nigiri prices. It's basically a steal.
- Facebook/Fujiya Japanese Garden
Fujiya Japanese Garden
9030 Wurzbach Road, (210) 615-7553
11am-2:30pm & 5-10pm Monday-Friday, noon-11pm Saturday, noon-9:30pm Sunday
The servers don kimonos, the service is quick and the bento box lunches are ridiculously cheap. Sushi lunch will run you $10.25 Monday-Friday with either six pieces of sushi and 3 pieces of a cucumber roll or a shrimp tempura roll, California roll and half a spicy tuna roll. Sit at the bar and take in the show, or sit in the dining room and count the number of origami cranes in the ceiling.
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Multiple locations, hours vary
Traditional? Not really, but it doesn't matter. Whether you're eating at the original location on 9102 Wurzbach Road or new location at 16615 Huebner Road, you'll want to chow down on the Serrano-laced cevichimi, Japanese tacos (aka handrolls) or japarritos (Japanese burritos like the chilerrito with seared salmon, deep-fried tempura jalapeño filled with cream cheese and krab salad served with a side of salsa roja). Fusion done right.
Godai Sushi Bar & Restaurant
11203 West Ave., (210) 348-6781
11am-2:30pm & 5-10pm Monday-Friday, 5-10pm Saturday
You can't talk sushi in SA without a nod to William "Goro" Pitchford, one of the city's OG roll makers. Visit Goro, sit at the bar, watch him work his magic on a tuna filet and sample their extensive sake list. Why not? You deserve it.