And which roll you have to try at each one
Sushi is all about the sourcing, and you can taste that it’s done well at South End’s O-Ku. Photo by Peter Taylor.
YUME Ramen Sushi & Bar
1508 S. Mint St.
The excellence of this spot’s ramen and sushi thankfully carry over to the to-go format, with Yume’s In-Home Ramen and Gyoza Kit among its innovations.
Try This: The Sakura Roll
8410 Rea Rd., Ste. 100
This is sushi for true sushi aficionados. The Luke Lobster roll is a delectable mouthful of lobster meat, spicy tuna, avocado, and eel sauce topped with sweet potato strings.
Try This: Black Jack Roll
New Zealand Café
1717 N. Sardis Rd.
This small, 40-seat seafood grill and sushi bar specialized in takeout before the pandemic; the bulk of its business came from residents in nearby apartment complexes on Sardis Road.
Try This: Philly Roll
325 Arlington Ave., Ste. 108
Artistic sushi, a moody interior, and thumping sound system bring in dinner and late-night crowds, but quick service makes it a great lunch spot.
Try This: Dilworth Roll (salmon, kani, masago, and breaded, fried, and re-rolled in rice)
4515 Sharon Rd.
Black and red decor, delicious sushi, techno beats, and a large pair of geisha eyes staring out at the crowd make for a dramatic setting in this shared-plates restaurant.
Try This: Blue Fin Tuna Roll
2000 South Blvd., Ste. 510
Sushi is all about the sourcing, and you can taste that it’s done well at South End’s O-Ku. Michael Chanthavong is the executive chef at this Charleston import, and his enthusiasm radiates from the people behind the sushi bar to the front-of-house staff, who will help you navigate the sushi and sake selections.
Try This: Hot & Heavy Roll
This concept, combining burger and sushi, extended to South End in September. Its University location also has sushi, but the Fort Mill spot only does burgers.
Try This: Tempura Crab Stick Roll
2173 Hawkins St., Ste. A
This sushi spot opened in South End in 2017, offering a stylish backdrop and an extensive list of rolls, including the beloved titular one.
Try This: Crazy Horse (tuna, salmon, yellowtail, cucumber, avocado, masago, and soy paper)