If you consider yourself a real sushi aficionado, then you have to make the trip to try these rolls—or at least ask the sushi chef at your favorite local sushi bar to try and recreate them. These are 10 sushi rolls every sushi lover has to try.
Find this Jewish-bagel-meets-sushi roll at HaVen in Miami. The roll contains the best parts of a Nova Scotia sandwich including bagel chips, cream cheese, and chives but instead of smoked salmon, it has sockeye salmon, which is a tad saltier and less cooked, for that sushi flavor.
Another roll from the streets of Miami, this sushi can be found at Pubbelly Sushi and is an amazing combination of flavors and textures, with warm, tender and smoky barbecued pork belly, spicy, sweet and crunchy kimchee coleslaw, and crispy fried clams. You won’t need many of these to fill up!
Leave it to the musically inclined city of Brooklyn to make a roll named after a band. This roll from Fushimi restaurant packs in a lot of different ingredients, but they all manage to shine through and compliment each other! Great for real fish lovers, the roll has salmon, tuna, yellowtail plus Cajun white tuna. But it’s not for those shy about spice! The roll contains three forms of wasabi: wasabi peas, wasabi yuzu and honey wasabi aioili.
Often sushi restaurants are off limits for those who keep kosher, but not Sushi Tokyo. Another Brooklyn sushi joint and as creative as the city itself, Sushi Tokyo offers all kosher rolls and this is one of its most popular: a fruit roll containing kiwi, mango, cashews, strawberries, seaweed (it just works) and a crispy, doughy tempura banana on top.
This pseudo surf ‘n turf roll comes from the culinary creative minds at The Cowfish, a sushi and burger bar with several locations in North Carolina. This particular roll has lobster and cucumbers on the inside, seared filet mignon and portabella mushroom in truffle oil on top, green onions and spicy mayonnaise.
Find this roll at Chaya in San Francisco. The roll itself is filled with crispy shrimp tempura, succulent snow crab, creamy avocado and spicy aioli for a little kick. Each roll is covered with a piece of torched kobe beef. But the real burst of flavor comes from the cilantro and smokey, sweet unagi (freshwater eel) sauce.
Hollywood and its sushi have a reputation for being showy. This roll at Sushi Kura in Los Angeles is no different. It’s filled with tempura shrimp, steamed shrimp, imitation crab, avocado, cucumber and eel sauce, then it’s wrapped in foil, smothered in rum and lit on fire.
A signature New Orleans sandwich is turned into a roll at Chicago’s Coast Sushi. This roll is filled with whitefish tempura, unagi, cream cheese, masago (a small salty fish), spicy sauce, scallions, avocado, tempura crumbs and eel sauce.
This roll was actually invented by a Houston Chronicle writer and won a sushi competition at a charity event for foodies. The roll consists of kani crab (fake crab), avocado, jalapeno, peppered tuna and wasabi mayo, and is topped with eel sauce and tempura crumbs. It’s soft and crunchy in parts, and spicy and sweet in others. The roll is named for Goodfellows, a nonprofit that provides toys to children in need during the holidays.
This vibrant roll from Cho Oishi is another from Hollywood and is as flashy as Hollywood Boulevard with bright red tobikko (flying fish eggs) that burst open in your mouth, fried shrimp, asparagus and baked spicy snow crab topped with the popular oishi sauce (oishi means delicious in Japanese) and scallions.