100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 85 Sushiko

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Sushiko. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

This longtimer—the first sushi bar in Washington when it originally opened in Glover Park in 1976—is more of a neighborhood spot these days than a destination. Opt for a table and you can count on a nice, tasty meal.

Snag a seat at the long, curved sushi bar, however, and suddenly you’re in line for a very good one. You won’t wait, sitting here, for the sometimes slow-moving staff to deliver a hand roll (thereby preserving its delicate crunch), and the sushi chefs will tell you what came in that day that’s especially good. If they show you the glistening belly of either a slab of tuna or yellowtail, strike quickly.

Don’t miss:

  • Hamachi crudo
  • Butterfish tataki
  • Chicken gyoza dumplings
  • Soft-shell-crab roll
  • Sushi and sashimi, including salmon, fatty tuna, wild scallop, and eel

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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.

Anna Spiegel
Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.