Miami's Ten Best Sushi Bars: Hunting for Fresh Fish
Located on the 79th Street Causeway, this small market has a phenomenal sushi bar that sadly is only open during the day. Also known as Sushi Deli, this place sells pieces that are so inexpensive you almost feel guilty. Almost. A tuna roll is just $3; salmon skin and eel will set you back $3.50. By-the-piece pricing starts at $1.25 for items such as mackerel and shrimp; even uni and ikura are only $2.50. Get four pieces of nigiri and your choice of a tuna or California roll for $6.95, or go with one of their more special rolls, such as the beach roll with avocado, mango, and crab for $5.95.
The drive north is worth it for Stephen Starr's sushi spot located in the froufrou Bal Harbour Shops. Makoto is the ultimate choice for several reasons. First, they eschew surimi and stuff their rolls with real crab (try the dynamite hand roll with creamy, spicy crab for $11). Second, the spicy tuna on crispy rice ($10) is addictive and consistently enrapturing; you'll want to eat those little nuggets by the dozen. Last, and most important, Makoto's parade of fish is so buttery it will melt in your mouth. The rainbow roll ($14) bursts with freshness, and there's no skimping on the slices. No matter what you order, the fish is perpetually clean, never stale.
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17048-50 W. Dixie Highway, Sunny Isles Beach, FL