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4725 California Ave. SW
Seattle, WA

The best sustainably raised fish for your buck, in every way. And a sushi chef showman, too. The real value at this always-bustling, quirky West Seattle spot is the Mashiko bento box—a large, lacquered tray chock-full of treats both common—tempura, katsu pork, sushi roll—and less familiar—seaweed salad, salmon collar, fried fish bones. Whatever the day’s combo offers, it’s sure to cover the gamut of flavors and textures: crisp and tender, rich and brisk, subtle and bold. (The vegetable version, nearly as filling, comes in at just $10.) And any piscatorial treats you indulge in here come with a side of peace of mind: Owner Hajime Sato serves only sustainable seafoods. Which is why many regulars find it hard to stray from the sushi list out of sheer habit.

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