Sushi House Hayakawa in Atlanta
While Hollywood celebrities flock to ultra-elegant Umi, Atlanta sushi connoisseurs prefer the more subdued Sushi House Hayakawa on Buford Highway. A native of Sapporo, Japan, the affable Chef Atsushi “Art” Hayakawa moved to Atlanta in 1991 and opened Sushi House Hayakawa in 2008 with the aim of satisfying the cravings of fellow Japanese expatriates. The restaurant recently underwent a renovation, and its new, pared-down menu no longer includes Americanized rolls. Instead, it highlights more seasonal seafood — abalone, Jack mackerel, and Kohada (gizzard shad) — flown in from Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market. There's a two-hour window to place a reservation, and the average wait for a table or a spot at the counter is two weeks.
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