Hungry in Harrisburg: A community blog

Join recent transplant Joelle Shea as she discovers food in central Pennsylvania for the first time. Get information on the restaurants she tries, as well as recipes and cooking tips.

Get Fresh: Sushi in Central PA

Written by Joelle Shea, Community blogger | Jul 3, 2012 3:35 AM

Sushi can be the third rail of dining, especially for non-adventurous eaters (you know who you are, don't be shy). I can understand it, really, with the mostly urban legends of sushi leading to parasites, food poisioning and other gastronomical pleasantries. Perhaps your only exposure to sushi was when Molly Ringwald ate it for lunch in detention in The Breakfast Club. Even though it's become common fare, it's even available at most grocery stores, many people make the “your face will freeze that way” expression when sushi is mentioned.

Sushi is delicious and fresh, so it is the perfect summer meal. If you stick to places that are recommended or packed with patrons, you really can't go wrong. Sure, hole-in-the-wall eateries are often fantastic (and suprising), but for sushi-shy eaters, just go by those that come recommended.

Sushi was the first types of restaurants The Husband and I scouted out when we moved here from DC. We've had moderate success, and here are our finds:

  1. Miso – This has been our favorite pick so far. Miso Sushi Bar is located on Jonestown Road and carries traditional sushi, rolls and cooked Japanese dishes. The Husband likes their tempura veggies too. Miso hits all the right notes, so don't be afraid to go outside of your comfort zone and try a dish with eel, sea urchin or squid. They also took the time to publish a useful history of sushi and nutritional information on their website. Parking can be a bear, with just a few spots located behind the restaurant. Check for spots in neighboring lots after business hours.

  2. Miyako – It has been several months since we tried Miyako, but I have to say that I remember the musty smell of the restaurant more than I remember the food. Perhaps we caught them on an off day, but I don't have plans to return to this Second St. eatery. I'd be interested to know if you've had a different experience.

  3. Sapporo East – Stay with me here, Sappora East is on the West shore. Geographically confusing name aside, the food here is spot on and fresh, getting fish in directly from Baltimore nearly every day. This place is always packed, which is a good sign.

I have to say I wish these establishments offered brown rice or carrot wrapped options like our favorite places in DC (hey, its bathing suit season and I know some of you are doing the low carb thing). I am also looking for one that is not BYOB, so that we can enjoy sake with our meal (we usually forget to bring it).

I'm hoping you guys have some recommendations for sushi bars in Central PA- where should we go as we continue our hunt for the freshest and most delicious sushi in the area? Do you know of any sushi bars that aren't BYOBs?

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