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Morgantown, WV — Hibachi

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Published on: October 28, 2009
3091 University
Morgantown, WV

Not too long ago, I drove several hours out of my way to review a sushi restaurant in West Virginia. I had supper on a story summer evening at Sushi Atlantic in Charleston, WV. I was sorely disappointed. I closed the review by writing, There may be good sushi somewhere in the hills of West Virginia, but not at Sushi Atlantic.

Well, by coincidence, I find myself in West Virginia again this week. One of my colleagues suggested a couple of local places. So, tonight with great trepidation — I went to Hibachi. As the name suggests Hibachi is a Japanese restaurant with Teppanaki, Table service and sushi. I was seated at a table in the sushi room.

Hibachi has a sushi bar with a large number of specials. As I was seated, I perused the menu. I decided to try some rolls. I ordered a Hibachi roll, Simons roll and a Philladelphia roll. I was surprised that while there were a lot of different rolls, there was really not much variety. There seemed to be an inordinate number of rolls with cream cheese or with tuna/salmon on top. 

Interestingly, when you order 3 rolls, you get soup and salad free, a nice touch. The miso was very good with lots of seaweed. The salad was very good, crispy lettuce with tomato and cucumber. The ginger dressing was excellent, the best I have had in a sushi place.

When my rolls arrived they were arranged nicely on a wooden plate. The rolls were quite large but not very uniform. The fish quality was average. By average I mean certainly not bad but not great either.

Service at Hibachi was good and the owners seemed to have a rapport with their customers. 

Hibachi is the kind of sushi restaurant that I visit when I'm in the neighborhood.

Hibachi 3 rice bowls ***--

Charleston, WV — Sushi Atlantic

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Published on: August 11, 2009
Sushi Atlantic
422 Shrewsbury St # A
Charleston, WV

My son is in the 82nd Airborne (hooah!) and this week he deployed to Afghanistan. I flew down to Fort Bragg, NC to see him off and decided to drive back via West Virginia in search of sushi. I know it seems obsessive but I am trying to review sushi restaurants in all 50 states and West Virginia makes 38.

Several people asked whether I would even find sushi in West Virginia. I am not a sushi snob — I do not have a rule that prevents me from eating sushi more than 100 miles form the ocean. Some of my top rated sushi restaurants are located in Michigan and Ohio. So after looking at some online reviews, I decided to try Sushi Atlantic in Charleston, West Virginia.

After witnessing several accidents driving across the mountains in a thunderstorm, I was ready to relax and enjoy some sushi. Sushi Atlantic is a hole-in-the-wall restaurant run my an elderly Japanese couple. The menu was pretty ordinary so I ordered a sashimi combo and a Philadelphia roll. The combo also came with soup and a salad.

The salad was unusual for sushi restaurants. The dressing had a stronger vinegar taste than I expected and instead of lettuce, it appeared to be primarily finely shredded cabbage. The miso was ordinary but good.

The sashimi combo included yellowtail, tuna, salmon and squid. The yellowtail, tuna and squid were all pretty good but nothing special. I had saved the salmon for last. When I bit into the salomon, I was disapointed. The salmon was mushy and had a relatively strong smell. The Philly roll used the same salmon so it was no better.

The couple running the place were not able to keep up with even the modest number of patrons in the restaurant at the time. The overall cleanliness of the restaurant and food handling were also sub standard.

There may be good sushi somewhere in the hills of West Virginia, but not at Sushi Atlantic.

Sushi Atlantic 1 rice bowl *----
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