100 Best Restaurants 2012: Sushi Sono
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Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published January 23, 2012
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Sushi Sono
Address: 10215 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, MD 21044
Phone: 410-997-6131
Neighborhood: Columbia
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Saturday for lunch 11:30 to 3 and dinner 5 to 10. Closed Sunday
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Snow Balls, panko-rolled, deep-fried shrimp croquettes dusted with Old Bay; shrimp hand rolls; sashimi or horse mackerel (ask the kitchen to fry the skin and bones for a pleasurable treat); sashimi of wild baby red snapper, fatty yellowtail, and o-toro, s
Price Details: Starters, $2 to $12.95; main courses, $12.95 to $35.95.

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Sushi has become so popular that you can find a decent sushi bar in lots of neighborhoods. It's rare, though, to find a place that flies in fish from Japan and reminds you with every slice of sashimi, every roll, that sushi-making is an art.

The lakefront restaurant is so perpetually packed that if you don't see a line out the door on a weekend night, you can assume it's closed. The blond-wood room abounds in good cheer, thanks to waitresses both gracious and efficient. When diners aren't gazing out at Lake Kittamaqundi, they're studying the sushi bar, where chef/owner King Lin and his team of cooks assemble the area's most inventive rolls.

What to get: Salted edamame; Snowball, an Old Bay-dusted mound of minced shrimp; sunomono, a lightly pickled dish of fish and cucumbers; aji three ways, a showstopping presentation of sashimi and nigiri of horse mackerel (the kitchen then fries the carcass until it crunches like potato chips); dragon roll topped with lobster; Neptune Garden roll of shrimp, crab, and avocado bound in lettuce; sashimi of scallop, yellowtail, salmon, and mackerel.

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Moderate to expensive.

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