August 26, 2012

Let Me See That Sushi Roll!

...I don't know what you've been told It ain't the butterfly it's the "Sushi" roll..., so grab a partner and get to Kyoto... 

Did I just reference a song from the 69 Boys? I sure did! There might not be any cotton candy and sweet and low, but there's plenty of sushi, maki and a hand roll. I mean really, rapping isn't that hard, I just made a rhyme out of an Asian delicacy that my wife and I thoroughly enjoy and we found a place that is serving some amazing and delicious treats.

Located in Eagan, Kyoto Sushi & Hibachi is that said place! Okay so consuming raw fish isn't every ones cup of saki, but it's oh so yummy and I'll let you know about their cooked food menu as well, but I'm starting with the the delicacy first. It all starts with having great sushi chefs that know what they're doing behind the counter and there are plenty of chefs out there that DON'T, thankfully, Kyoto did their homework and found the good ones! To me, it's an art form that takes time to perfect, because it's the cutting of the fillet that makes a difference.

Alight... It's time to share with you some of my favorites and recommendations and for your current sushi lovers, maybe you'll be trying something new. As for you novice or on the fence folks, what I'm about to describe may help you out with being more adventurist with your selections or get you to go for it and try some delicious raw fish.

For you novice and starters:
NOTE: These rolls have NO raw fish.
  • Kyoto Roll
  • Crazy Roll
  • Snow Mountain Roll
  • California Roll
  • Cucumber Roll
  • Crab Roll
  • and some additional options as well...
If you want to get a little more daring, these would be the BEST to start with as they have VERY little to zero fishy taste which can scare some folks away:
  • Rolls that include salmon
  • Rolls that include white tuna
  • Spicy salmon roll
  • Spicy tuna roll
  • Sushi(slice of fish atop rice); white tuna, yellow tail and salmon. Your best bet is white tuna, it's like butter! A very soft fish that just melts in your mouth like butter...
For the rest of you who have had sushi, but tend to stick to a couple rolls because you feel safe with them, it's time to step out of your comfort zone and just start trying it all. What I would stay away from is; anything roe(tobiko), mackerel, eel(unagi) and squid or octopus. Other than those few not so good cuts from sea life, I'd say just go for it and try something different!

If you're one of those who just says, "No way!" to eating raw fish, don't worry, their cooked food is tremendous as well. Their fried rice is really good in all the different options they have to offer as well as their udon noodle options. If you like fried things; go for their shrimp tempura, items from their deep fried list and their teriyaki items. They also have the Hibachi live grill cooking which is always an exciting experience and the food of course is cooked.

I hope you'll be able to enjoy sushi as much as I do and I hope that these few tips will help you either, get over your second guessing or provide you with some additional options. If when you finish eating you fell like a "whoop is coming on"? You can blame the 69 Boys for their "brand new dance for the 1991" one-hit-wonder. For you old timers that have no clue who the 69 boys are, enjoy this wonderful video to educate you. :)


Kyoto Sushi & Hibachi
1250 Town Centre Dr.
Eagan, MN 55123


August 22, 2012

Hey "Mickey's" You're So Fine, You're So Fine......

The rest of that title should be "....You Blow my Mind!", however I wasn't completely blown away by Mickey's Diner, the stapled 24 hour diner car in downtown St. Paul. My wife and I stopped by the morning after our wedding reception after always wanting to stop by and try things for ourselves AND because so many people tell you, "you have to go, it's amazing."

I wouldn't use the word "amazing", but I would use the phrase, "it's okay!" We split a ham n' cheese omelet, hash browns, toast and some bacon. The omelet wasn't the worst thing, but I'll stick with my little hole-in-the-wall, T & T Galley in South St. Paul for my omelets. I mean, where's the cheese Mickey's? The hash browns were cut fresh, but if you really want some "Amazing!" hash browns, check out the New Louisiana Cafe on Selby & Dale Street. Easily the best hash browns in the Twin Cities hands down.

Everything else is just filler and lets just be honest here... do we really have to talk about toast and bacon? Bacon is bacon and toast is toast! Staple it may be, I must say... If you're going to hype something up folks, you gotta have something to back it. So if you're hoping to please your heart and tummy with an "amazing" meal from Mickey's Diner, you might be finishing the same way Tony Basil did... "...Ooh what you do "Mickey's", do "Mickey's", Don't break my heart,"Mickey's!"

Thank you Tony basil for that inspirational song and thank you to everyone who told me, you have to stop by Mickey's Diner... Now I know where I WON'T go to get a good breakfast.